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Are you looking for email tips to motivate your team to stand up, sit less, and move more? If so, read on because we have some topic ideas and tips to help you keep your team excited!
Colors, images, tone of voice, and content can all be used to make your emails motivational.
If you already have an idea of what will motivate your team, go for it! The suggestions below are simply some topic ideas that you are welcome to use.
- To keep your emails engaging and relevant, try to tie current events into the theme of your email. You can do this by mentioning seasons, holidays, or sporting events!
- For example, you could use the Commonwealth Games as motivation:
“Inspired by the Commonwealth games? Consider trying a new activity or revisiting one you used to play. Maybe you could try a race walk to your next meeting! You don’t need to be training for Birmingham 2022 to get the benefits out of sitting less and moving more.”
Activity outside of work
- Now that staff are getting used to more activity at work, this is a good opportunity to encourage physical activity out of office hours. Activity outside of work can include moderate to vigorous exercise, such as running, swimming, biking, rock climbing, or hiking. It also includes low-intensity exercise or movement, such as a walk around the neighbourhood, gardening, or cleaning house.
- “Now that you have transformed at work, it is time to think outside! What types of physical activity are you doing outside of work?”
Several Australian organisations and government departments are supportive of active transport. Healthier Workplace WA has a resource called TravelSmart to Work to help employers support and promote active transport in the workplace. And the Queensland government has a 10 year strategy to help create an environment which is more supportive of cycling to work.
- “If possible, park your car further away from the the building you work in to increase the distance you walk each day.”
- “If you own a bike, cycle to work.”
- “Get off public transport a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way.”
Help a colleague
- “Ask a colleague to be your movement buddy. Remind each other to be active in the workplace and outside of work. Go on walks together during your lunch break. Provide encouragement if you see your buddy struggling or forgetting to move at work.”
Nominate an outstanding “Upstander”
- Healthy competition is a great way to motivate your team to sit less and move more. Ask staff to nominate a staff member who is doing a great job moving more and sitting less. If you find participation numbers are low and if your budget affords, you can offer a free gift or prize for the winner. It does not have to be a big prize, a $5 gift card, healthy snack, recognition certificate, or the like could do.
“Is there someone on your team that you notice does a great job moving in the workplace? Give them some recognition by nominating them as the outstanding Upstander of BeUpstanding™ week X.”
Slogan of the week
- Ask staff to send you a slogan for the week. Not only will this get staff thinking of creative ways they can be more active in the workplace, you will also benefit because you can use the staff slogans to keep the BeUpstanding™ message fresh and relevant.
- “Send through your best slogan for moving more and sitting less. Winner will be announced on Friday!”
- Keep a record of comments people make regarding BeUpstanding™. If you hear positive feedback about a strategy, provide positive reinforcement. If you hear a comment on how something could be better, you can use this as a conversation starter and encourage staff to brainstorm ways to overcome barriers.
We hope these ideas have helped you on your quest as a BeUpstanding™ champion. If you have any other email tips or testimonials of emails that your staff found motivational, we would love to hear them! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a comment in the comments section below.