Get up from behind that desk

Encouraging desk-bound employees to be active, embrace wellness initiatives
By Don Buchanan
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/18/2012

Are your employees sitting for too many hours at work, whether at desks, in vehicles or other work stations? Are you wondering how to encourage them to be more physically active and less sedentary, while still getting their work done?

Given the combination of work and family demands experienced by many employees, it can be a struggle to find time to be physically active. Lack of time has been reported as the number one barrier to physical activity among Canadians, according to Christina Loitz, knowledge translation specialist at the Alberta Centre for Active Living in Edmonton.

Having a well-rounded flex-time policy can be a great tool to help employees fit physical activity into their lives, she says.