Active Workplaces

Greater Manchester’s employees spend a minimum of 60% of their waking hours at work. For many people, that means over 50% of their day is spent inactive.

Greater Manchester’s employees spend a minimum of 60% of their waking hours at work. For many people, that means over 50% of their day is spent inactive.

With more than half of waking hours spent in the workplace, it’s essential employers understand why high inactivity levels at work can be hugely problematic. Not only do inactive staff have an increased risk of health problems, they also have reduced workplace productivity.

Thankfully, an increasing number of employers are seeing the benefits of a physically active workforce. At GreaterSport, we know why staff need to get moving more and we have some great ideas and offers of ways to support employers.

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The Active Workplace Toolkit

We have created the Active Workplace Toolkit, a free, one stop shop to help you get your workplace moving more. With information ranging from explaining the business case for physically active employees, ways to embed activity within the working day and success stories from other organisations across Greater Manchester.

Visit the Active Workplace Toolkit here

Active Workplace Newsletter

The Active Workplace Newsletter will update you on all the latest news and advice for enabling your workforce to stay active. It will share good practice, initiatives and ideas that help to keep us moving during the working day.

Sign up for the Active Workplace Newsletter here

Why are high inactivity levels in the workplace problematic?

We know there are many ways an active lifestyle is beneficial. Being active supports both your physical and mental wellbeing, reducing health problems and decreasing stress levels. However, for many of Greater Manchester’s workforce, the working day involves limited physical activity.
This inactivity is a real cause for concern.

Currently, 22.5% of people in work in Greater Manchester are inactive. 10.4% are fairly active and 67.1% are active. Whilst this may seem promising, our research to date reveals that 1.5% of Greater Manchester’s working days are lost, per year, to sickness and absence. The estimated annual cost of statutory sick pay for employers in our region is £90m.

At GreaterSport, we know this can change. In fact, just 90 minutes of activity per week in the workplace can translate to increased earnings of 7.5%. And, with physically active employees taking 27% less sick days than those who are inactive, the financial benefits of workplace activity for employers are huge.

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How can we encourage workplace activity?

With our region’s employees spending 60%, or more, of their waking day at work, it’s essential that we support workplaces to become more active. We already have some great ideas in action. But we need your help to deliver them in your workplace.

Firstly, by working together, we’ll see if your findings reflect our own figures. Then, by implementing physical activity in your workplace, we’ll see what the impact is. Once we have those statistics, we’ll get a really clear picture of Greater Manchester’s workplace inactivity, and how to change it.

Working with you, we’ll then offer training to workplaces to promote activity. This can be done with Active Workplace Champions, mental wellbeing support teams and service providers. This will help us all understand the benefits of an Active Workplace, the challenges faced across a range of employees, and how your workplace can be part of getting Greater Manchester moving.

 

Workshops to Support Workplace Health and Wellbeing

GreaterSport along with our trusted partners will be running a series of workshops to support workplace health and wellbeing. As well as events on being an Active Workplace you can expect sessions on the psychology of work and support for employers as the world starts to get back to normal after the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Physical Activity in the Workplace

Wednesday 22nd September - 12 - 1pm - book here

Workshop Description 

An interactive workshop suitable for all staff members, providing information, advice and guidance on physical activity in the workplace. The aim of the session is to help delegates understand how being active supports good health and how to build activity into the working day.

  • Physical activity quiz
  • Physical activity and health
  • Impact of sedentary behaviour
  • Barriers to being active
  • Active lifestyle
  • Being active at work
  • Signposting
  • Tips

Workshop Format 

  • Suitable for all staff
  • 1-hour virtual training
  • For up to 15 delegates per session

If you'd like to run this workshop exclusively for your own organisation's employees please contact [email protected].

Physical Activity for Good Mental Health 

Wednesday 20th October 12pm - 1pm - book here

Workshop Description

An interactive workshop suitable for all staff members, providing information, advice and guidance on physical activity, mental health and wellbeing. The aim of the session is to help delegates understand how to build physical activity into the working day as a practical way to improve wellbeing and maintain good mental health. The workshop includes:

  • Mental health and physical activity quiz
  • What is mental health, discussion
  • Stress
  • Mental Health benefits of exercise
  • Five ways to wellbeing
  • Being active at work
  • Signposting
  • Tips

Workshop Format 

  • Suitable for all staff
  • 1-hour virtual training
  • For up to 15 delegates per session

If you'd like to run this workshop exclusively for your own organisation's employees please contact [email protected].

Workplace Physical Activity Champions 

Wednesday 18th August 12 - 1pm - book here
Wednesday 17th November 12 - 1pm - book here

Workshop Description

An interactive workshop suitable for any staff member who would like to take on the role of physical activity champion. The session will provide information, advice and guidance on how to create an active workplace culture and drive engagement in physical activity in the workplace.

  • The role of activity champions
  • Physical activity guidelines
  • Workplace guidelines
  • Health and business benefits of being active
  • Behaviour change
  • Activity into the working day
  • Events and campaigns
  • Signposting
  • Tips

Workshop Format 

  • Suitable for all staff - recommended for those with a passion for being active and helping others
  • 1.5 hour virtual session - we recommend delegates have already attended Physical Activity in the Workplace and Physical Activity for Good Mental Health courses.
  • For up to 10 delegates per session

If you'd like to run this workshop exclusively for your own organisation's employees please contact [email protected].

Latest News

All News

Physical Activity in the Workplace Workshop

By GreaterSport | 18 January 2021

GreaterSport have secured 15 free places on the Physical Activity in the Workplace workshop hosted by our partners at Rener Wellbeing.

Keep GM Moving: Move More, Sit Less!

By GreaterSport | 01 May 2020

Take a look at some ways you can incorporate moving more into you day of working from home

Rochdale Borough Council: 2019 Greater Manchester Active Workplace of the Year

By GreaterSport | 13 February 2020

Rochdale Borough Council were the recipient of the first Active Workplace Award at the 2019 Greater Manchester Sports Awards. Hear about the work they're doing to help their staff be healthier and happier at work.

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