The BeUpstanding program is currently being evaluated in the context of a national implementation trial. With over 100 consents into the trial, we are seeing participation from across the country and across all our priority sectors: call centres, small business, regional/remote, blue collar and government. So what do we know about who is taking part so far? We have taken a quick peek at some of our data.
Over 60% of teams so far in the trial are from large (200-1999 employees) or very large (2000+ employees) organisations. The majority of teams (85%) have some level of access to sit-stand workstations; however, only 12% have reported that all of the staff have a sit-stand workstation. Generally, champions report moderate (63%) or high (32%) stress levels in their team, while 65% report that their team has a moderate level of motivation to sit less.
So far, the majority of champions taking part in the trial are female (74%). Most also have an occupational health and safety role within their organisation (69%) and have experience in delivering a health promotion program (61%). Champions taking part in the trial are a mix of employees (43%), middle management / team leader (40%) and senior management (17%). These findings are consistent with what we observed before the trial started (check out our earlier post here).
Over 3300 staff have potentially being exposed to the BeUpstanding program as part of the national implementation trial so far. Before taking part in the intervention elements of the BeUpstanding program, staff are asked to complete a survey. The survey includes questions intended to understand current sitting and activity levels as well perceived barriers to sitting less and moving more. Findings from this survey show that, on average, staff in participating teams are self-reporting sitting for 80% of their working day, with approximately two-thirds of this made up of “risky” sitting, which is sitting in prolonged bouts of 30 minutes or more. However, participants note that they would rather be sitting under 50% of their workday, given a choice. BeUpstanding aims to raise awareness and create a supportive culture where reality can match more closely with this desired level. Common barriers to sitting less and moving more identified by at least 40% of participants included being too busy, needing prompting, tasks preventing them, and needing new equipment. Data from this anonymous staff survey is provided to champions to help support their team to sit less and move more.
We want to give a big shout out to all our teams taking part in the National Implementation trial. Thank you! You are helping generate the practice-based evidence required to inform policy and practice. If you are interested in taking part in the trial, there are still spaces left. We are particularly interested in recruiting teams from call centres, small business, or blue collar sectors. Please get in touch if you are interested.