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ACTIVE WORKPLACE TOOLKIT

The Active Workplace toolkit is a program to help reduce sedentary time at work and to provide training to help managers and supervisors better support workplace Total Worker Health for their employees. By reducing prolonged sitting at work, we can help improve worker health, safety, and well-being, reduce musculoskeletal pain, and reduce lost work time due to injury or illness.

This page includes downloads to the Active Workplace toolkit. These toolkit components are free and are separated by activities as a part of the overall toolkit. All tools and toolkits can be implemented virtually or in-person. Download the Active Workplace one-pager to share with your organization.


We are looking for organizations in all industries to participate: Join OHWC's 
YourWorkpath Program to get access to our Total Worker Health toolkits for 3 to 12 months at no cost to your organization with additional incentives included. Your workforce can build skills and strategies in safety and health, as well as build a culture of well-being.

Learn about our toolkits:
schedule a one-on-one meeting here, attend a monthly drop-in session the last Tuesday of each month, or visit our contact page and send us a message.
1. The Active Workplace Toolkit: User Guide, Briefing Slides, and One Pager
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Active Workplace User Guide

The Active Workplace User Guide is available to help introduce Active Workplace to your organization. This guide provides an overview of the toolkit along with step-by-step instructions on how to implement the toolkit. The toolkit can be implemented as a whole program or separately between each of the components. 

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Briefing Slides

Learn more about the toolkit through the Active Workplace Briefing Slides to share with your workplace, leadership, and management about the benefits of the program where your organization can decrease sitting time at work and engage employees through a Total Worker Health® program.

2. The Active Workplace Toolkit: Supervisor & Manager Training, Behavior Tracking, and
Inter-supervisor Observations
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Supervisor & Manager Training 

Supervisors will be asked to complete training at the beginning of the program to build their health and safety support and leadership skills, which takes about 30 minutes to complete. This training will be followed by two activities: behavior tracking and inter-supervisor observations. Click below for a PDF download. Contact Us for PowerPoint or Learning Management System (LMS) licensing.

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Supervisor  Behavior Tracking

Behavior tracking involves supervisors and managers set a goal related to what they learned in the training. Supervisors will track their behavior towards their goal for a two-week period and only takes a few minutes per day. Behavior tracking involves supervisors and managers showing employees support in work-life balance and role modeling in workplace safety, health, and well-being.

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Inter-supervisor Observations

Similar to the behavior tracking activity, supervisors and managers will observe and record how many times they see and/or hear another supervisor having a supportive conversation with an employee in their organization. This activity will span two weeks and will take approximately 1 to 2 minutes per day. This activity will help promote a culture of safety, health, and well-being in the workplace.

3. The Active Workplace Toolkit: Supervisor and Manager Team Conversations
15-minute Total Worker Health® team conversations about health and safety topics
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Active Workplace Supervisor
Led Team Conversation (ALL)

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Group discussions build a culture of health at your workplace, reinforce health practices and help employees feel supported by their supervisors.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Physical Activity

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the physical activity supervisor-led team conversation.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Stress Management

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the supervisor-led team conversation on the topic, stress management.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Ergonomics

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the workplace ergonomics supervisor-led team conversation activity.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Sitting

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the supervisor-led team conversation on the topic, sitting.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Nutrition

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the nutrition supervisor-led team conversation activity.

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Team Conversation
Topic: Sleep

Supervisors will be asked to lead monthly 15-minute Total Worker Health team conversations about health and safety topics. Download the supervisor-led team conversation on the topic, sleep.

4. The Active Workplace Toolkit: Supervisor and Employee Training and Goal Setting
Each month, supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices for sedentary workers. Each training is followed by goal setting and transferring the training into action.
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Behavior Tracking

After each training, employees and supervisors can set goals related to the training topic and track their behavior towards their goal using the Active Workplace Behavior Tracking Worksheet. Record physical activity daily for two weeks. Tracking your goal to reinforce what is learned so that it becomes a habit. 

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Training Topic:
Physical Activity

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic:
Stress Management

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic: Supportive Supervision

Supervisors and managers will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic:
Sedentary Behavior

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic:
Ergonomics

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic:
Total Worker Health

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Team Conversation
Topic: Sleep

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

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Training Topic:
Nutrition

Supervisors and employees will receive a training topic to help reinforce safe and healthy practices. Each training takes about 15 minutes. We recommend delivering them monthly. 

Download goal-setting activity to pair with training

5. The Active Workplace Toolkit: Supervisor and Employee Team Competition
Two times during the program, teams will compete to engage in the most physical activity minutes at work (pedal, walk, stand, stretch, etc.) in one month. 
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Active Workplace Team Competition Instructions

Two times during the program, teams will compete to engage in a physical activity challenge at work. This can include pedaling, walking, standing, stretching, etc. in one month. The team with the most physical activity time at the end of the month will be the winner and be offered a prize if incentives are offered by the organization.

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Physical Activity Team Eastern & Western Competition Maps

Competitions encourage employees to engage in the program and be more active in the workplace. We have provided an Oregon map to track your team's physical activity competition progress. This visual can be put up in a communal space or tracked virtually and emailed out to all employees participating in the competition.

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Competition Data Tracking Excel Document

We have developed a spreadsheet to help record the number of minutes each team is active each week. All of the physical activity minutes will be automatically added together to give the weekly team total. As you move through the competition, the weekly team totals will be automatically added together to give the current team total

6. The Active Workplace Toolkit: Health and Safety Messaging Posters
Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or email to employees
Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the one-pager for more information on the toolkit

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Health and Safety Posters (All) 

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters can support Active Workplace toolkit training, behavior tracking, and team conversations. Use the posters to reminding employees to stay active and make healthy decisions throughout their workday. 

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Physical Activity

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on physical activity, such as moving while you work and enjoy a walk at lunch.

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Stress Management

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on stress management, such as reminders on using breathing and relaxation techniques to reduce stress.

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Ergonomics & Injury

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on ergonomics and injury prevention.

Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the Briefing Slides

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Sitting

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on sitting, such as moving while you work, and stand and move while you work.

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Nutrition

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on nutrition, such as adding color to your diet and drinking water.

Visit the Active Workplace toolkit page or download the Briefing Slides

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Health and Safety Posters
Topic: Sleep

Posters for each health and safety topic are available to download and display in the workplace or to email out to employees. These posters feature messaging on sleep, such as practicing a relaxing sleep routine and maintaining a sleep schedule.

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