A critical part of the BeUpstanding program is choosing three strategies as a team to BeUpstanding. Some of our previous blog posts have provided suggestions from the evidence for strategies to sit less and gain momentum for change. But what have our BeUpstanding teams been doing? Below are some of the more common strategies teams have chosen to date.
- Encourage workers to leave their desks during breaks
- Move bins, printers/scanners and mailboxes to a central location
- Have standing meetings
- Stand and move around when taking a phone call
- Provide information / maps / distances on convenient walks in and around the office
- Put height-adjustable desks in a standing position when leaving the desk
- Put stand and stretch breaks into meeting agendas
Other strategies we have heard of teams adopting and think are great are:
- Stand up and shake it off. This was in a work environment where team members regularly experienced difficult phone calls. By standing up and shaking it off, it not only allowed the individual to experience the benefits of breaking up their sitting time, but also provided a non-verbal signal to other team members to check in.
- KPI bingo: Here, the team picked a key word (e.g., KPI) and when that word was spoken in a meeting, it was a prompt to stand up. A great idea for raising awareness, encouraging behaviour change, and increasing attention in meetings!
Some of these strategies might be relevant to your work team, others not. Every work team is different which is why it is important to choose together the strategies that are going to work best for you!
Let us and other teams know what is working for you. Post your strategy ideas on your social media channels with the #BeUpstanding. We look forward to seeing all the ideas in action!