A Healthier Workforce
After the success of last year's programme we're delighted to announce that Workplace Challenge Hampshire & IOW 2015 will be even bigger and better!
The 2015 programme launches on 5 January with our national 8-week Activity Log Challenge - what better way for you and your colleagues to start the new year. And, that's just the start. We'll be running three further challenges over the course of the year and will be organising a series of fun inter-company tournaments across the county.
Almost 1,000 challengers took part in 2014 and we're hoping to inspire many more people to get involved this year.
Refer A Friend
'Refer a Friend' is one of several new features we've introduced for 2015. On your dashboard and profile page you'll now find a 'refer a friend or colleague' button that allows you to send someone a personalised message and invitation to register.
On signing up people are asked 'How did you hear of the Workplace Challenge?'. If they select 'a friend' and enter your name then you could win a spot prize. But, your friend/colleague must log activity first!
About Workplace Challenge
Workplace Challenge is part of our 2012 legacy programme. It has been designed to inspire more people to take part in sport and to help local employers create a healthier, happier and more productive workforce. Our aim is to encourage people to be more active in and around their working day by making sure they have opportunities to take part in fun, low cost activities.
We will be running a series of events throughout the year to help you find out more about the programme but there is no need to wait; you can get involved as soon as you want to! Simply visit the website for more information.
Why take part?
People can spend up to 60 per cent of their waking hours at work and evidence shows that people who are more physically active are healthier and happier.This means people taking fewer sick days, being more motivated and being more productive at work. The figures speak for themselves:
- It is estimated that sickness absence costs the local economy £0.5 billion a year
- Research has shown that well designed wellbeing programmes can increase job satisfaction and reduce staff turnover by 10-25% which could save a company with 200 employees circa £22k per annum
- Research shows that being more physically active can reduce sickness absence by up to 20 per cent. For a company with 200 employees this equates to a potential saving of circa £25k per annum.
In addition to saving money, having a healthier workforce also creates an improved working environment for everyone.
- Reduced sickness
- Higher productivity
- Improved retention
- Higher commitment
- Improved resilience
- Fewer accidents
- Improved brand