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P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 31 March, 2015
Through your physical activity pledges you will be working with employees, customers/consumers and/or local communities. For each group (as applicable) please describe the specific activities or projects you have undertaken over the past year.
For example, employee incentive schemes to promote physical activity, awareness raising activities or improvements to facilites to promote active travel.
In 2014 Carillion joined the Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) initiative, which is a corporate health and wellbeing initiative aimed at changing the behaviour and improving the health of employees around the world. In teams of seven, participants undertake a 100 day virtual journey around the world. Focused on increasing physical activity and establishing sustainable habits for sedentary workers, participants were challenged to undertake a daily target of 10,000 steps. Carillion submitted 88 teams (616 participants) comprising mainly of employees but also subcontractors and clients. Please see below for some statistics from this year's event.
In 2015 we expect an even bigger participation by our employees.
We have a monthly information service called "Health Matters" which aims to provide good quality information to our employees on personal health matters. We regularly feature the benefits of physical activity.
We run a "sustainability week" each year and this focuses on all aspects of sustainability including our employee's health. Lunchtime walks, charity cycle challenges and runs are all regular features of the activities promoted.
We continued to improve and promote our Thank You scheme, which offers a wide range of attractive benefits to employees including gym subsidies, shopping discounts, childcare vouchers and u buy more holiday options. We have also set up a Carillion Cycling Community through our internal social media website with people representing all parts of the business across the UK, this facility provides great links to external sources of information including initiatives such as free bike checks or cycle training and events such national cycle-to-work days.
For example, supporting/sponsoring local physical activity programmes, promoting physical activity to customers through website campaigns or in-store materials.
For example, support for community-based physical activity programmes (such as funding, sponsorship or other promotion activity), working with local partners to engage communities is physical activity opportunities.
As part of Carillion's commitment to sustainability, we encourage employees to work in support of the local community, to ensure that our business is an integrated part of the local society. Globally, 14% of our employees are making use of our Special Leave Policy to volunteer on community engagement projects during working hours. Our policy encourages physical activities, such as gardening or woodland renovation projects, by allowing six days leave a year per employee for such causes.
Please estimate the number of your employees who participated in your workplace physical activity programmes over the last year and explain how you arrived at this estimate.
We are a project-based business operating in a wide range of locations and very diverse activities. It has not been possible to collect data on the numbers participating in the wide range of locally organised activities. However, 616 people participated in GCC in 2014.
Has the number of your employees participating in your workplace physical activity programmes increased since last year? If unknown, please explain why.
2014 was the first year we participated in GCC so yes this number has increased.
We would be interested to know if your pledge activity over the last year has delivered a measurable increase in participation in physical activity. If so, please describe and provide an estimate of the level of increase and how you measured this. There is a 2000-character limit when completing this section.
These are some of the statistics from GCC in 2014:
- On average we achieved a daily step average of 13,536 covering an average distance per day of 5.38 miles
- The total amount of combined steps was 752,074,198, which is equivalent to walking around the world 12 times during the 100 days
- 62% reported a weight loss with an average of 9.4lb lost
- 65% reported a decrease in stress levels
- 38% reported an increase in productivity
- 85% reported their health as good, very good or excellent compared with 42% pre event
- The numbers of participants with extremely poor, very poor or poor health has decreased by 85%
- 76% reported that the event had made them more accountable for their personal health
- 86% of our participants said the GCC had a positive impact on their relationship with exercise
- 57% reported that the event had encouraged their friends and family to get out walking more.
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