23 BACK TO NAVIGATION 23 31 32 27 6 4 4 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Health checks Ergonomics Flu vaccinations Work based physical fitness Gym memberships and classes Internal wellness program Sporting offers 2017 AusLSA Member Performance Overall the commitment to providing support for physical fitness and wellbeing initiatives was widespread and included a variety of different approaches to programs and initiatives. Eighty-eight percent of firms reported having an active physical wellbeing policy or strategy and all had allocated the responsibility to implement their policy to director or manager within the firm. In forty-eight percent of firms this was a Partner. In seventy eight percent of firms a manager or director played role in the management or delivery of the programs. Just under half of all firms also involved workplace based committees to help build a broader participation and ownership in their program implementation. The most common physical wellness initiatives ranged from specific ergonomic equipment and training (all respondents providing them) to flu shots being provided by all but one firm. Workplace physical fitness programs including gym memberships, classes and sporting activities were also popular, being provided by eighty-seven percent of firms. Challenges and Opportunities The promotion of positive, healthy lifestyles and initiatives which both encourage and support this lifestyle are recognised as fundamental to reducing a range of chronic health conditions as well as making people happier and more productive team members. The role of prevention of and the early recognition and treatment of illnesses is key to reducing disease and injury and needs greater appreciation. To address major health concerns, we must increasingly focus on the underlying causes from both within the workplace and outside. Some of the accepted strategies to prevent and respond to health and wellbeing programs include: • providing sufficient time away from their work duties • building interest by effectively promoting the benefits and opportunities that the programs offer • defining purpose, create and communicate clearly defined goals • committing program funding to allow for higher quality and impact initiatives INITIATIVES Number of firms