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Start employee activity clubs

Why: 

Employee activity clubs encourage employees with similar interests to interact in an environment outside of the workplace.  Activity clubs help foster camaraderie, improve physical fitness, reduce stress, and build self-esteem.

How: 

These clubs can be formally or informally organized, depending on the company’s resources.  They can be initiated or coordinated by either interested employees, wellness committees, or through onsite fitness center or wellness staff.

Here are some guidelines for the activity club coordinator to follow:

  • Obtain support and permission from your organization’s management, often human resources.

  • Request any necessary budget for the program.

  • Check with your legal department for possible liability issues with the activity club.  The American College of Sports Medicine resource listed below has sample liability forms and a health history Par-Q (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) that participants may need to sign.

  • Send out an interest advertisement that follows company communication policies.

  • Establish a meeting time and location for the activity.

  • Advertise the activity club via the intranet, company newsletter, email, or flyers in high traffic locations.

    Examples of activity clubs:

  • Basketball

  • Bicycling

  • Hall walking/Walking Wednesdays

  • Softball

  • Running

  • Volleyball

    Resources:

  • American College of Sports Medicine:  www.acsm.org