Physical Activity in the Workplace: A Guide
Active employees are productive employees. The tools and resources found here are designed to encourage physical activity in the workplace.
Efforts to increase physical activity the workplace have been associated with:
- Improved employee engagement and morale
- Increased concentration and productivity
- Improved team relationships
- Reduced stress levels
- Reduced sickness-related absenteeism
- Improved corporate image
The Guide is intended to support organisations in the promotion of physical activity in the workplace and to reduce sedentary behaviour. It is a collation of current evidence and best practice, including a toolkit of resources and audit tools.
Topics covered include:
- Recommended levels of physical activity
- sedentary behaviour
- barriers to increasing physical activity
- promoting active transport
- empowering employees, and
- making physical activity a cultural fit.
The targeted audience of this guide includes senior management, human resource units, health promotion units and workplace health committees. It’s content and recommendations are applicable to small, medium and large organisations.
 World Health Organisation (2001). Workers’ Health Global Plan of Action, Sixtieth World Health Assembly (accessed 11 October 2011).
 The Health and Productivity Institute of Australia (2010). Best-Practice Guidelines Workplace Health in Australia, p 6.