TOTAL WORKER HEALTH TOOLKIT
REDUCING SITTING TIME FOR SEDENTARY WORKERS THROUGH SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
The Active Workplace toolkit targets sedentary behavior in the workplace. By reducing sedentary time and prolonged sitting at work, the toolkit aims to improve worker health, safety, and well-being, reduce musculoskeletal pain, and reduce lost work time due to injury or illness. The Active Workplace toolkit includes:
Environmental Changes: Changes to the physical work environment that promote health and safety.
Team Activities: Support, and incentives for employee safety, health, and well-being.
Goal Setting: Managers and employees set goals together in safety, health, and well-being.
Download the Active Workplace One Pager and Briefing Slides to share with your organization's leader. Learn more on how your organization can participate in YourWorkpath Program to access the training program at no cost for up to 200 employees.
*Our toolkits are continually going through improvements and changes to provide your organization with updated and relevant content. Active Workplace was last reviewed and updated in August 2021.
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Active Workplace Toolkit Components
1. GET STARTED
The 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 Start Guide includes:
Active Workplace One pager to learn more abou the toolkit
Active Workplace Briefing Slides help inform leadership and managers about the benefits of the program and the SHIP process
- Implementation Checklist was developed to help workplaces get started in SHIP and identify roles that can help your workplace successfully implement the toolkit.
2. ONLINE SUPERVISOR TRAINING
The Online Supervisor Training is an essential aspect of Safety, Health and Improvement Program and outlines the importance of supervisor support in improving employee health and safety.
Improving work-like balance and safety
Family Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (FSSB)
Safety Supportive Supervisor Behaviors (SSSB)
Tracking your Supportive supervisor Behaviors
Follow-up and check-ins with your team
Showing you how leadership can improve the organizational climate on work-life balance and safety and health of their employees
Providing insight on how to be supportive of employee work-life balance
Highlights how to provide supervisor support for workplace safety
Detailing the importance of team building and goal setting, as well as reducing inefficiencies for work processes
3. SUPERVISOR BEHAVIOR TRACKING
The Behavior Tracking activity is designed to improve the transfer of trained behaviors following the Online Supervisor Training. This activity involves your choice of using a: notecard, log, journal or phone app to set goals and track supportive behaviors. Choose a method that works best for your organization/team.
Daily Tracking Card
3x5 index card option
Lanyard card option
Follow-up includes group discussion in which supervisors and their teams meet to brainstorm solutions to improve work practices, communication, and the work environment.
Follow-up guide with check-in and quick tools provide additional resources to promote supportive supervisor behaviors and work life support
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Why Adopt Active Workplace?
The results of the Active Workplace could impact other professions. The number of sedentary jobs in the U.S. has increased steadily since the 1960s and there are currently over 30 million sedentary workers in the U.S. As the number of sedentary jobs in the U.S. continues to rise, effective methods to reduce sedentary behavior and exposure to sedentary work environments are increasingly important.
Sedentary behavior is related to health outcomes such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, musculoskeletal injury, and increased risk of all-cause mortality.
Call center employees are among the most sedentary workers in the U.S. They sit for up to 83% of work hours and are more likely to be sedentary during non-work time than employees in other sedentary jobs. Reduced sedentary time at work is related to:
We developed Active Workplace to address organizational concerns and improve employee outcomes. Find out more about how we developed SHIP.
The Active Workplace toolkit was developed by Dr. Brad Wipfli, PhD. Learn more about Dr. Wipfli and his research at OHSU.
The Science Behind Active Workplace
SHIP was designed to increase supervisor and peer support and decrease job strain, which plays a key role in safety compliance and improved physical and mental health. SHIP integrates a focus on both health protection and health promotion by addressing psychosocial factors that are shown to be related to safety, well-being, and organizational productivity.
The SHIP intervention study was a NIOSH-funded randomized controlled trial focusing on supervisors and their teams. SHIP aimed to increase employee support from supervisors, improve team communication, enhance team effectiveness, and reduce stress and work-family conflict.
The SHIP intervention was composed of:
One-hour training for supervisors
Behavior-tracking that reinforced the training principles
The SHIP intervention was tested in the construction industry with a sample of 528 employees. We found that the intervention was effective at reducing worker blood pressure.
The SHIP study found that the strongest effects were among work crews that needed it most; those with poorer relationships with their supervisor and those with lower team cohesion. This Total Worker Health intervention targeted the supervisor and their teams/work groups to examine effects on work-life balance. Read more in the Journal of Work & Stress.
Also, an adapted version of the SHIP toolkit was developed for the United States Forest Service called the STTEP (Supervisor Training and Team Education Program) that included the online portion of the SHP training. Results showed similar significant outcomes on employee well-being, and descriptively explored the impact of the training on supervisors and employees.
Funding for SHIP was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH; grant: U19OH010154).
Download the latest SHIP intervention study publication.
Perry, M. L., El-Askari, L. M., Hammer, L. B., & Brown, N. D. (2020). Securing your Own Mask before Assisting Others: Effects of a Supervisor Training Intervention on Supervisors and Employees. Occupational Health Science, 1-27.
Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (2019). Exploration of the impact of organisational context on a workplace safety and health intervention. Work & Stress, 33(2), 192-210.
Brossoit, R. M., Crain, T. L., Leslie, J. J., Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., & Bodner, T. E. (2019). The effects of sleep on workplace cognitive failure and safety. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 24(4), 411-422.
Yaldiz, L. M., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., & Hammer, L. B. (2018). Do resources matter for employee stress? It depends on how old you are. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 182-194.
Zaniboni, S., Truxillo, D. M., Rineer, J. R., Bodner, T. E., Hammer, L. B., & Krainer, M. (2016). Relating age, decision authority, job satisfaction, and mental health: a study of construction workers. Work, Aging and Retirement, 2(4), 428-435.
Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., Rineer, J., Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (2015). Effects of a workplace intervention targeting psychosocial risk factors on safety and health outcomes. BioMed Research International, 2015.
Bodner, T., Kraner, M., Bradford, B., Hammer, L., & Truxillo, D. (2014). Safety, health, and well-being of municipal utility and construction workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 771-778.