Get Your Employees Active

Most of us have heard reports about the health risks of our sedentary jobs.

Get you employees active

Most of us have heard reports about the health risks of our sedentary jobs. Canadian adults are sedentary for an average of 9.5 hours per day. This impacts both our health and our productivity at work. Even the 15% of adults who do get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week may be at risk if they spend long hours sitting at their desks and commuting each week.

A Participaction campaign called "Sneak it In" is recommending people engage in short bursts of activity throughout their day. Encourage your staff to get up once per hour, take walks during breaks or lunch, shift positions regularly between standing and sitting throughout the day, hold meetings while taking a walk - find more ideas here 

Audra Sayn-Wittgenstein is Labour Source’s Health & Safety Administrator.   The content of this blog reflects Audra’s personal and professional insights of this ever-changing world.  


ONBOARDING How well does your company welcome new hires?

A 2013 study showed that 22% of new hires fail in the first 45 days. The on boarding process is your chance to help a new hire feel part of the team and confirm they made the right career choice.

Onboarding new hires

 

Companies invest time and money to find the best new hires, but how much effort goes into the company's orientation or on boarding program? A 2013 study showed that 22% of new hires fail in the first 45 days. The on boarding process is your chance to help a new hire feel part of the team and confirm they made the right career choice. A good on boarding program will include plans for the first day, first week and on going support for the first 6 months. Your program should be designed to ensure new hires adapt to your culture and learn the ins and outs of "how we do things around here" as quickly as possible. The majority of new hire failures will be due to interpersonal reasons versus a skill mismatch. Managers should make sure they invest time in the new hire. Have a plan in place for the first week, pair new hires with a mentor, and where possible, try to limit time spent reading manuals and completing forms to 1-2 hours per day.

 

Carol Irwin is a Labour Source's Human Resource Consultant.  The content of this blog reflects Carol's personal and professional insight's of this ever changing world.   

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Get Your Employees Active
Most of us have heard reports about the health risks of our sedentary jobs.

ONBOARDING How well does your company welcome new hires?
A 2013 study showed that 22% of new hires fail in the first 45 days. The on boarding process is your chance to help a new hire feel part of the team and confirm they made the right career choice.

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