Leadership Support

Leadership support in ANY employee wellness initiative is critical! Be sure to receive affirmation of the following before moving too far forward.

Is your worksite's leadership supportive of a walkable campus initiative? 

Is your worksite's mid-level management supportive of a walkable campus initiative? 

Wellness Committee

For employees, by employees is always the best way to implement any wellness initiatives at your worksite. Be sure to include a diverse group of employees with a cross-cutting group of representatives. Multiple-levels represented on your committee will help with the communication and positive messaging.

Is this initiative being undertaken by your worksite's wellness, safety, or other committee? 


Assessment Phases

The following questions will assist your committee in thinking through all of the key access points to assure a smooth implementation!

Do employees have break time (i.e. 15 minute break for four hours worked) that can be used for walking inside or outside of the worksite during their worktime? 
  • Are there any limitations or policies that would inhibit employees being able to walk outside? i.e. Policy that an employee cannot leave the campus on a break. 

Are they aware of the break time access?

  • Has it been regularly communicated that employees can use their breaks? 
  • Are ALL managers/supervisors supportive of employees taking their breaks? 

Employees that currently walk, what are the paths they take? 

  • What feedback can they provide you about those paths? 
  • Are there sidewalks? 
  • Do trees or brush impede walking on the sidewalk? 
  • Are there safe intersections/crossing? 
  • How do drivers respond to pedestrians when walking in the vicinity? 
  • What's the traffic speed? 
  • Is the area generally well-lit?
  • Is the snow cleared regularly when applicable?

Identify paths inside and outside that can be done in 15 minute and longer segments to be reasonably walked on a break or lunch time break. 

  • Measuring/mapping options 
    • Measuring Wheel 
    • Google Maps (right click on the map and you can measure distance)

Are there bike racks? 

Are there stairwells? 

Are walking meetings a consideration
?
 

What are other considerations for getting employees up throughout the day? 

    • Computer apps to prompt getting up throughout the day ie. Workrave.org
    • Sit-to-stand workstations 
    • Walking workstations 
    • Move printer to a central location 
    • Regular promotions 
    • Monthly Poker Walk 
      • Chadron Community Hospital Poker Walk 


  • Healthy Parking Initiative - Cirrus House Example


Barriers 

Workload

Varied shifts 

Employees can't leave or don't always have someone to cover while they go for a quick walk( ie. School or County Employees)

Unsupportive management/supervisors 

Perception issues from community (i.e. Staff are out walking, not doing their jobs)

Liability/worker's comp concerns

Physical Environmental not conducive for walking or biking

Communication Avenues

Leadership

Consider a company-wide email or all-staff meeting from your CEO/Administrator reinforcing the importance of employees having access to walk throughout the day. 

Mid-level managers/supervisors 

Encourage mid-level managers/supervisors to communicate and reinforce the importance of employees having access to walking throughout the day at a regular department/staff meeting. 

Employee focus 

What messaging considerations do you have specific to your employee population? 

Patron focus 

What messages can you send about walking to anyone that is at your worksite? (i.e. Clients, patients, service-consumers, buyers, etc)

Communication Examples

Email

Bulletin boards

Elevators/Stairwells

Company Intranet

Newsletters 

Social Media

Postcards for placement at employee workstations 

Cirrus House Example


Prompters/Nudge

Footprints (Inside)


Painted footprints (outside) 

Set your "go-live" date for your walkable campus strategy and communicate, communicate, communicate!!!

Additional Promo:


Ongoing Communication Strategies

Regular communication on being active and integration throughout the workday

Programming opportunities

Council membership provides access to a spring and winter wellness challenge to encourage being active!  

Evaluation 

Health Risk Appraisal data

Anecdotal evidence from wellness/safety committee observations

Surveying

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