P4. Physical Activity in the Workplace
6 November, 2013
Submitted: 17 January, 2014
All KP Snacks’ sites have taken part in a range of activities to encourage employees to become more physically active. In 2012 we ran the ‘Olympic Gold challenge’ where miles covered by walking, running, cycling and swimming were measured and recorded. Money was raised for charities and the company matched what had been raised by individuals.
Individual sites are signed up to corporate rate gym memberships, available at local leisure centres and gyms and KP’s Head office has a subsidised gym on site with classes running regularly. Sites have various employee sports teams and current teams include 5 a side football and badminton.
The Employee Health & Wellbeing (EHW) team run mini MOT days across all sites where the importance of physical activity is reiterated and often local leisure centre staff will come and work with the EHW team promoting physical activities available locally. The ‘theme of the month’ campaigns run by the EHW team will often include information about and links to resources relating to physical activity.
The business runs various weight loss programmes on a regular basis and in 2013 over a 12 week period employees at one of the KP factories managed to lose some 40 stone. During 2013, the EHW team collaborated with the Health & Safety team and physiotherapists to encourage employees from the offices and production areas to stretch. The specific stretches taught in each area will help ease aches and pains and reduce the risk of cumulative injuries. Photographs taken at individual sites will be made into ‘stretching posters’ for display in the working areas.
Physiotherapy is available for both work and sporting injuries and part of the service delivered is to identify exercise regimes that help physical fitness and reduce the risk of further injury. An intranet webpage is being developed that links into activity groups available in the locality of the factories.