National charities Living Streets and Mind have teamed up to help employers keep their workforce well and motivated during Walk to Work Week, which runs from 12 to 16 May.
The campaign aims to encourage organisations to help employees build some walking into their day to benefit their physical and mental health.
Employers can download posters, flyers and an event guide from the Walk to Work Week website, which can be used to promote the event around the workplace.
The campaign also allows employees to:
- Log their walks to see how they all add up to burn calories and save on carbon dioxide.
- View live leaderboards to create a sense of competition in the workplace.
- Take part in individual challenges or team activities.
- Raise money for their favourite charity.
Tony Armstrong, chief executive of Living Streets, said: “Walk to Work Week is a fun way to motivate staff, boost morale and build team spirit.
“Sign up your workplace and you can form teams, compete for prizes, log progress on the website or even fundraise for your organisation’s favourite cause or charity.”
Beth Murphy, head of information at Mind, added: “Long-term exposure to stress can lead to high rates of sickness absence, lower productivity, poor morale and retention.
“It’s vital that organisations tackle the causes of poor mental health at work and encouraging employees to engage in physical activity is an important step in keeping staff happy and healthy, and performing at their best.
“Signing up their workplace for Walk to Work Week is a great way for employers to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of their staff.”