Activity Ideas and Kits – Shiftwork

Substances and Shiftwork

Shiftwork wreaks havoc on employees’ circadian rhythms and, as a result, employees may rely on certain substances to either help them stay awake or go to sleep.  It can be dangerous to the employees using the substances as well as their co-workers. Be sure to educate your employees about the dangers.  To help you get started, here [...]

His & Hers Health Fair

Organize a Health Fair at your workplace. Invite organizations to provide a display or handouts that introduce employees to the issues related to healthy eating, staying active, and maintaining vitality throughout life. Approach different organizations for resources.  Organizations could include your local Health Unit, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Canadian Diabetes Association, or the [...]

Healthy Eating Around the Clock (Kit)

For shiftworkers, health and well-being depend on eating habits that make the most of a busy schedule.  Using the Fact Sheet included below, design and facilitate a staff seminar that promotes healthy eating strategies especially designed for nighttime and evening employees.  As an added measure, consider distributing printed material on healthy eating tips.   Format [...]

Just How Stressed Out Are You?

Distribute self-screening tools to employees to help them determine their current stress level and shed a light on workplace triggers that exacerbate their stress.  Encourage employees to share the results with one another in an effort to reduce stress and foster helpful relationships.   Source:  Brant County Health Unit

Feature Interactive Displays or Bulletin Boards in High-Traffic Areas

Colorful and attractive displays on nutrition and heathy eating easily draw the attention of employees.  Create posters or bulletin boards that advertise healthier  meal choices, healthy tips for food preparation, and favourite healthy recipes.  The same strategy can be used for many other topics including being active, being smoke free, responsible drinking, reducing stress, shiftwork, [...]

There’s More to Sleeping

Host a seminar or distribute information on sleep-related topics that are relevant to shiftworkers.  Topics might include sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea, differences among common mattresses, and strategies to improve the quality of one’s sleep.  If possible, invite a sleep specialist to attend the seminar and answer employees’ questions. Source:  Peterborough County-City [...]

Alertness-Promoting and Sleep-Inducing Foods

Host a seminar for shiftworking employees that discusses foods, recipes, and meal choices that are designed to either promote alertness or relaxation.  Diet strategies may help late night workers master their difficult schedules—and avoid health complications in the process. Source: County of Lambton, Community Health Services Dept.

Healthy Eating Habits, Around the Clock

Encouraging healthy eating during shiftwork can optimize employee health and well-being.  Host a seminar or activity that promotes healthy eating strategies designed especially for shiftworkers.  Programming should emphasize the value of three meals per day, healthy snacks, foods that are mild in flavor and easy to digest, and plenty of fluids.  If possible, suggest that [...]

Healthy Food Options—From a Vending Machine

Adding healthy food and beverage choices to workplace vending machines assists employees in eating better, which also decreases the chance that late night workers experience gastrointestinal disturbances. Source: Brant County Health Unit