Living Streets has been working with Ricardo, a global engineering business with a site on the south coast in West Sussex, to help embed a culture of walking in their organisation.
With lockdown resulting in many businesses changing the way they work, Janey Bray, our Project Coordinator, has been back in touch with them to find out how they’re getting on #walkingfromhome
In addition to the uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus, the disease is also generating stress in individuals and communities who are feeling the effects on their mental health. Although there are strict guidelines about social distancing, being able to go out for a walk and getting some fresh air is as important now as ever.
Ricardo is one organisation continuing to support their staff to stay active, spurring them on with a weekly wellbeing email with tips, tools, webinars and podcasts to support their mental and physical health during this unprecedented time.
The business has also been encouraging their staff to stick to their walking pledges and take a daily walk as a way to help break up the working/non-working elements of their day, and avoid the ‘always on’ culture that can encroach when you work from home.
We encourage staff to go out for a walk before the start of their working day, during their lunch break or at the end of their busy day. Going for a walk before starting work helps to feel like you have ‘mentally’ arrived at work and similarly, a walk at the end of the day helps you leave your work mindset behind and switch off.
The brief moments when we're able to get out and go for a walk are shining a light on why this simple act is so valuable.
John Dales has been noticing some new and interesting things in his local community whilst #walkingfromhome.