Workplace Challenge is a national programme on a mission to engage workplaces in sport and physical activity. It is supported by County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) across the country and National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).
Workplace Challenge is intended to convert workplace ‘banter’ and social ‘competitiveness’ into an increase of activity levels among the employees. The Challenge is ongoing and is intended to create habit formation, encouraging sustainable healthy changes to the lifestyles of participants. This will have benefits for both the employee on a personal level and ultimately the employer as they will be encouraging a healthier workforce and therefore reap the benefits.
We would like to invite people (and workplaces) across the country to log physical activities on the Workplace Challenge website, where workplaces will compete against each other by clocking up on line activity points in a quest to obtain the title of the most active workplaces across England (and win the associated prizes).
With the anticipated take up of workplaces Wiltshire & Swindon Sport will be aiming to put on inter workplace competitions and potentially Business Games events too across a variety of sports with the emphasis on Fun!
Benefits to your Business
Physical activity has positive effects on work performance, productivity and absenteeism, by taking part in this challenge it shows that your business cares about your employee’s health leading to the development of a valued workforce and reduced staff turnover.
The social aspect of the challenge will create fun in the workplace, increase morale, team spirit and development of professional relationships. There will be many businesses involved with the challenge allowing for inter-business relationships to develop through business networking.
There are also Sponsorship opportunities for you to promote your business to other workplaces and individuals who have joined the workplace Challenge. You can sponsor events, activities, donate prizes and have your company logo displayed on the website.
Benefits to your employee
Physical activity is well known to improve a person’s health and fitness, health is however, not just the physical improvement but also covers social and mental aspects too. So by taking part in the Workplace Challenge your employee’s can also improve their motivation, sleep quality, energy and stress levels, as well as offering an opportunity to meet new people, improve communication skills and develop better working relationships.
If active travel is logged then this will save some pennies on parking and petrol and help the environment by saving on CO2!
Most importantly the Workplace Challenge is FUN !
In addition to the challenges, in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, the Workplace Challenge would like to recruit ‘Workplace Champions’ who will receive training and resources to help improve their colleague’s lives. So if you’re a health coordinator, HR officer, volunteer champion, general manager or just a health advocate, the Champion training will give you skills, confidence and resources to promote better health and increase participation in sport and physical activity in your organisation.
How does it work ….?
1) Individuals register on http://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/wiltssport/ and created a profile.
2) During their registration they have the choice to register a new business and/or department. If their business or organisation is already on the system they can simply add themselves to that listing. Once your workplace has 3 members attached to it the system will automatically create a leader table so you can compete against your colleagues. (NB: you can still take part in the challenge if your workplace does not have 3 members).
3) Once your profile is complete you are ready to log your activity and earn points! we all know what that means ….. PRIZES. The more activities you do, the more points you will earn. Can you be your workplace Champion? Can your workplace be the top of Workplace in Wiltshire and Swindon?!
4) Wiltshire and Swindon Sport can help you arrange inter-department competitions and event inter-workplace challenges when you’re ready!
What activities can be done…?
Any sport and physical activities can be logged through the challenge. This includes formally activities such as 5-a-side, Touch Rugby and an exercise class and also informal activities such as walking to work and playing ‘Ping’ table tennis across the desk at work! The aim of the Workplace Challenge is to get the Wiltshire and Swindon businesses more physically active so we don’t mind what you do.
How can your workplace get involved …?
Visit http://www.workplacechallenge.org.uk/wiltssport/ to sign up to the challenge. If you would like to know more about the Workplace Challenge and the benefits to your Workplace and your employees then please contact:- Kirsty Brown by email Kirsty@wiltssport.org.uk or 01380 725111. www.wiltssport.org.uk