Health in the Inclusive Workplace: Supported employees’ perceptions of participation in a pilot workplace physical activity program

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International Journal of Novel Research in Humanity and Social Sciences, 2020, 7, (6), pp. 1-5
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Health promotion aims to increase health and wellbeing, plus improve the health status of disadvantaged groups. Research evaluating employees with a disability’s experience of workplace health promotion activities is virtually non-existent. Using a process evaluation with a participatory design approach, ten employees with a disability were surveyed of their perceptions of taking part in lunchtime Tai Chi classes held weekly for 50 weeks. Each 20 minute class contained a series of various gentle Tai Chi poses. Six in ten (60% of) participants rated the classes as highly enjoyable, one (10%) enjoyed, while interestingly, three (30%) were neutral. The main reasons given by participants why they enjoyed the classes was that it was “Good for you” (6 mentions). Six in ten (60% of) participants were highly satisfied with the classes, two (20%) satisfied, and two (20%) neutral. When asked how Tai Chi makes them feel, five participants mentioned it was due to “Feeling better”. Further research is needed into the potential health impacts of workplace health promotion initiatives for those employees experiencing disability.
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