P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
1 January, 2013
Submitted: 18 February, 2013
The steps Matrix Chambers will take to meet this pledge are:1. We will continue to encourage more active travel by our staff by upholding the keep, accessibility and security of the Matrix bike shed. 2. Applications for contributions to the cost of bike locks, cycling helmets, night lights and high-visibility bands will be considered up to the value of £50.3. Quotes to improve the quality and quantity of our present showering facilities are currently being collected. By December 2013 we hope to have implemented a more attractive and user friendly shower facility to encourage more staff members to cycle, run or walk to work. This may also include the provision of lockers to store exercise kit.4. Project Manager to arrange a Bikeability training provider to provide road cycle training to staff members cycling or aiming to cycle to work.5. We will encourage clients to walk and cycle to Chambers by offering the option to download walking or cycling routes from our website. Clients will be able to access the Matrix bike shed should they arrive by bicycle.6. Matrix continues to offer the Fair Care Cycle to Work scheme to those who wish to purchase a bicycle in order to cycle to work.7. For a number of years, Matrix has held a Health Week. Staff were encouraged to follow certain rules during the week such as using the stairs instead of the lift (if appropriate), walking short journeys, getting off the bus a stop early and walking the rest of the way, wearing a Pedometer every day and attempting to walk 10,000 steps per day (the recommended distance to maintain a healthy lifestyle). Other activities included ergonomic assessments plus an external professional running staff members through tips for work station exercises to keep active during the day. We will repeat this Health Week in 2013 offering similar activities.8. Disseminating information via induction packs and our intranet on the health benefits of regular physical activity and how to become more active. This will include information on local opportunities to be physically active (both within and outside the workplace) such as local gyms, exercise classes, running clubs etc. Such classes to be offered and run within the workplace once a month if possible.9. Consider appointing workplace champions for physical activity who can encourage their less active colleagues to be more active and provide peer support. Explore the possibility of training an in-house Workplace Activator.10. Explore Walk England to offer training for Employee Walk Ambassadors and bespoke maps encouraging employees to walk in their lunch break. Also explore Living Streets Walking Challenges..11. Maintain the condition of the exercise equipment and small gym area that Matrix currently has. 12. Continue the practice of arranging football and netball matches with clients and the staff team with at least two matches taking place each year.13. Once a month, offer staff team members a 15 minute massage at Matrix by an external masseuse at a convenient time during the working day. Continue this arrangement in 2013 to ensure that potential work station stresses and strains are monitored and managed where required.14. Before the start of staff team meetings and Away Days, encourage staff to take part in short energy building exercises.