Who is responsible for activity-promoting workplaces? Australian management perspectives from multiple industries
ISPAH ePoster Library. Kolbe-Alexander T. Oct 16, 2018; 225424
Dr. Tracy Kolbe-Alexander
Dr. Tracy Kolbe-Alexander
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Workplaces have become increasingly sedentary and less active, a trend that is likely to continue. To develop effective solutions for promoting physical activity at work, it is important to understand the attitudes and practices of managers from different industries who look after the health of their workforce. Method: We conducted structured interviews with upper/middle managers from 12 organisations representing diverse industries, such as education, healthcare, manufacturing, construction, insurance, and mining. Interview questions focused on workplace culture and environment relating to health and wellness, responsibility for employee sedentary/activity patterns at work, and enablers of /barriers to active, less sedentary workplaces. Results:<\b>
Managers emphasised the importance of a holistic approach to workplace health policy and practice in order to create activity promoting cultures. Despite this, most managers said their organisations prioritised safety and risk management, mental health, and injury prevention as key health issues. Managers showed consensus that health was a shared responsibility when discussing issues that were not regulated by health and safety standards; they highlighted that their organisations should educate, encourage and provide opportunities for more physical activity, and mentioned the importance of leadership and role modelling. However, employees were viewed as ultimately being responsible for their own physical activity; there was concern about “overstepping” boundaries between employees’ work and personal lives. Conclusion:<\b>
Leveraging the synergistic benefits of promoting physical activity with key health issues of interest may simplify managers' occupational health portfolio and facilitate the creation of activity-promoting workplaces. External funding details Funding source: National Heart Foundation of Australia Focus Grant
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