Case Studies


The School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Loughborough University completed independent research into Workplace Challenge including case studies with organisations.

The case studies provide some fantastic insights into how the organisations and their employees have realised the benefits of active working.

Click on the organisations below or download the documents to read the stories and to learn about the impacts from adding activity in and around the working day.

Workplace Challenge turbo charges team work at Atkins

  • Workplace Challenge has been effective as a tool to link together a range of workplace health activities at Atkins.
  • The support and activities provided by the local County Sports Partnership, Sport Birmingham enabled employees to try and continue to participate in different activities.
  • The main benefits were in relation to the social aspects where staff developed confidence and stronger relationships with colleagues. Business benefits were also seen in relation to collaboration and community involvement.
  • Atkins have prioritised the wellbeing of their employees and have been successful in creating a culture where employees are empowered to be healthy and active.

Workplace Challenge helps Carlisle Brass to reduce absenteeism and improve staff satisfaction

  • Carlisle Brass have a strong track record in relation to health and safety and have extended this to health and wellbeing with the Workplace Challenge recognised as a key part of the organisations approach to workplace health.
  • The organisation began by piloting involvement in a national challenge and then invested time and funding to coordinate the programme and incentivise staff to participate.
  • The Workplace Challenge was identified as a good fit against the organisations priorities.
  • There is a recognition of the link between an active workforce, reduced absenteeism and improved staff satisfaction.
  • The Challenge motivated employees to move more and become healthier.
  • The Challenge has the firm commitment from the Managing Director, is embedded as part of the health and safety group and supported by managers who have incorporated the programme into their KPIs
  • A range of sustainable activities have been established following the organisations involvement in the Challenge.

Workplace Challenge key to creating a culture of active working at Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group

  • Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group recognise the value of investing in physical activity to improve outcomes in the community and are keen to lead by example in creating an active culture across the organisation.
  • The organisation has participated in several online challenges and established a comprehensive programme of activities for staff to participate in.
  • Employees liked the friendly competition that motivated departments to be more active during the working day.
  • There was a significant impact on morale with a buzz created across the organisation.
  • The individual and team aspects of the Challenge were both motivators in helping staff to be more aware of their activity levels and to find ways to fit more activity into the day.
  • The challenges were seen as inclusive and engaged inactive staff who were enabled to start moving more.
  • Support from colleagues motivated staff to be more active and to sustain their participation.
  • Senior management were supportive in changing the culture across the organisation and many managers led participation in challenges.
  • Strong support from the Chief Officer led to a culture of activity.
  • The workplace champion has capacity to undertake the role and has made a significant impact through the coordination, promotion and engagement of staff in activities.

Activity levels and communication boosted with Workplace Challenge at University of Derby

  • University of Derby prioritised employee wellbeing and also recognised the importance of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in the community.
  • The Workplace Challenge has provided a platform to engage employees and launch a programme of activities.
  • The University has created a network of Active Staff Champions who have promoted the inclusivity of Workplace Challenge in incentivising participation in all types of physical activity.
  • The Challenge has impacted on communication by helping staff to network and get to know colleagues across the organisation.
  • There has been strong management support from the Vice Chancellor and managers who encourage staff to move more during the working day.