Erin Chan is the human resources manager for a large law firm. She looks after four separate offices with a staff of more than sixty lawyers, solicitors, secretaries and administrative workers. One of her duties is to oversee staff welfare. Today, she has a meeting with a health care worker called Kristy, who wants to discuss an initiative called 'Workout at Work Day'.
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Erin: Kristy, have got to admit that I'd never heard of 'Workout at Work Day' until I got your email. I looked it up online, but I'm still a bit confused. So first, can you give me a bit of background and then we'll talk about how it would benefit our company if we got involved.
Kristy: Of course. 'Workout at Work Day' was launched in 2011. Its aims are quite simple: we want to increase the level of activity and exercise employees do during the working day. Too many office workers just sit at their desk all day, and this leads to health problems.
Erin: But our priority as a company is to get our work done, that means our employees have to sit at their desks.
Kristy: We understand that. What WWD does is increase people's awareness of the need to move more and address bad work habits while they are working. We want to improve office workers' health, reduce absences through sickness and promote the idea of keeping people fit for work.
Erin: Who’s in charge of 'Workout at Work Day'?
Kristy: Last year twelve hundred staff from hospitals, health companies, health charities and sports centres took part. We organised programmes and went into companies such as yours. The whole event is planned and overseen by the WWD organisation with full government backing.
Erin: I must admit, it all sounds rather good.
Kristy: We devise a special plan for each company that takes part in the day with activities like lunchtime walks, cycle challenges, Tai Chi and Pilates lessons, desk-based stretch sessions, meditation and yoga.
Erin: What do people have to bring to activities?
Kristy: Nothing other than a bottle of water. We provide all the mats and equipment. We ask everyone to wear something comfortable to allow for free movement, and we’ll let you know if shoes are needed.
Erin: Who’s in charge of the activities?
Kristy: Fully qualified and experienced teachers take all the classes. They pay close attention to the needs of each individual, and advise on exercise and exercise plans. This is workout at work, not after-work classes, although we will offer advice on this.
Erin: Where do the classes - take place?
Kristy: Usually in a meeting room in the office building, or the entrance hall. If there is no space suitable, we will find a room nearby. Here, for example, your building has a big entrance hall, and there is a little park over the road. It’s Ideal!
Erin: How much will all this cost, and how would my company sign up? I’d have to speak to the directors before I can do anything. In fact, there’s a directors’ meeting next Monday, so I’ll put ‘Workout at Work Day’ on the agenda.
Kristy: Excellent! All the price details and contact information are in this brochure. Anything else you’d like to know please get in touch later. I do hope we’ll get you on board. ‘Workout at Work Day’ is very beneficial, and it’s great fun as well.
Erin: Thanks very much. I’ll be in touch by the middle of next week, and we’ll take it from there.