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"Casual Friday" Gets Active

Instead of wearing jeans for Casual Friday, ask employees to wear their workout clothes. Load the day with a morning yoga class in the conference room, a salad-style potluck, and at least one walking meeting to bring happiness and health to work.

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Many offices already endorse the weekly custom of Casual Friday.  Using the same norm, ask your employees to wear their workout clothes instead.  Wearing active clothing overcomes one barrier many working professionals have to working out before, during, or after work - the task of changing clothes.  The day could be coupled with several other healthy norms:
  1. Have a yoga class in a conference room - as everyone will already be in their workout clothes, participation will likely be higher than on a normal day.
  2. Encourage everyone to have at least one walking meeting during the day.  Again, with sneakers already on (instead of high heels or business shoes), it'll be easy to get your team moving outside.  You could even keep score to prompt some friendly competition across the office.
  3. Sponsor a Salad-Style Office Pot-Luck.  Everyone brings salad fixings for a healthy alternative to the usual heavy, fattening foods that often frequent the conference room table.


Note: if anyone has suggestions for a more catchy name than "Workout Clothes Friday", please submit your thought in the comments!  Some suggestions thus far:

  • Gym kit for Fri-fit -- Terence Canning
  • Fitness Friday -- Beth Worrall
  • Fitday -- Beth Beth Worrall
  • Casual Fit-day (to mimic "Casual Friday")-- myself
  • The Ultimate Friday -- Emmanuel Adeusi
  • Fri-fun-fit Day -- Chris Whellams
  • Others?

What are the benefits of your concept for the individual and the employer?

Casual Friday has always been regarded as a perk by employees; something to look forward to throughout the week, and something that makes Friday a bit more exciting than the rest. Workout Clothes Friday will share this same sentiment, and even help some employees feel more satisfied as it eliminates an often times lengthy transition from workout clothes to work clothes and back again. For employers, Work Clothes Friday can help boost employee satisfaction without creating any budget allocations, revising existing workspace, or formally boosting employee benefit plans. In fact, the idea could be implemented almost on the turn of a dime with minimal preparation - in less than one week.

What might the impact of your concept be and how might it be measured?

Workout Clothes Friday would breakdown office barriers to and facilitate activities for healthy behaviors. In the near-term, employee satisfaction could increase notably as a) people begin to look forward to Friday as unique day at the office, b) as team camaraderie strengthens through salad potlucks, healthy activities challenges, and walking meetings, and c) as employees feel that their health and happiness are an important part of the company culture. Near term impacts could be measured by taking a simple satisfaction questionnaire before implementation, and then again three months, six months, and one year post implementation. In the long-term, individual employee physical health and mental health could also be impacted. Physical health improvements could be measured by applications like Massive Health's "The Eatery" or Virgin Group's "HealthMiles" program - changes in BMI reduction, eating habits, and changes in physical activity on Fridays could be some of the core metrics to track long-term impact. Mental health improvements could be measured by using the same questionnaire mentioned above (employees could rate their stress and happiness levels throughout the day before implementation and then again at various points post implementation). On a more extreme level, you could test cortisol levels over time for participating employees/offices before and after implementation compared to non-participating employees/offices.

How might your concept be designed to scale and spread to reach as many people as possible?

1) Rather than having individual companies sponsor Workout Clothes Friday, the actual office complex could serve as the primary sponsor working collaboratively with each of their tenant companies. For example, the Orcale Office park in Superior, CO hosts several companies and hundreds of employees on it's campus. Rather than just one individual company implementing Workout Clothes Friday with maybe 100 employees, Orcale could be the sponsor, effecting possibly 700-1000 employees all together. Of course the details would be managed by each individual company to ensure the concept aligns with the company culture. The main, overarching theme could simply be "wear casual clothes", and then other components like salad potlucks, walking meetings, and competitions could be managed at the individual company level. 2) Another way to bring this concept to scale is to create an online social forum for participating companies. This could be a facebook-meets-OpenIDEO-meets-The Eatery type platform where all participating companies share stories, metrics, and activities. The forum could even host national events like Ride Your Bike to Work Day, a gardening event on Earth Day, activities that mimic the Olympics during the actual Olympic Games, etc.

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

In Phase One, a few companies could implement Workout Clothes Friday to prototype activities, communications, and measurement methods. Lessons from Phase One could be refined and then brought to a large office complex (as described above) for Phase Two. For Phase Three, the online community could be established to open the concept to other companies and complexes to join as they please, coupled with a creative marketing campaign. At some point the custom might spill outside of the business world into other sectors; government, education, etc.

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I hope that it can be implement as soon as possible.

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I like this concept. Instead of wearing jeans for Casual Friday, ask employees to wear their workout clothes. The idea to wear workout clothes can stand for the core value of company. The way can make more closer relationship between employees. I agree with the point "Building a team of tightly networked employees would definitely create a more productive team resulting higher bonding and higher loyalty which lead to higher employee retention rates." Besides, if employees have yoga class, walking meeting, or a party with foods, it is a good way to ralax in the workplace, meanwhile encouraged the employees' morale. I am looking forward to know more development about that.

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I really like the expression problem and bold thinking of you, but I'm afraid it is difficult to perform. Every company, business rules are very clear and quite conservative.
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Promoting employee wellness by preventing stress at work: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2013/11/14/promoting-employee-wellness-by-preventing-stress-at-work/

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This is an interesting concept, unfortunately it does not really apply for front desk personnels or typically the sales force. I cannot imagine the look on the eyes of clients if they were to see the Sales Managers or Account Manager gearing up in work up clothes to present their products or services and to convince them to sign up for it.

Generally, I would think that putting relaxing music would be a great way to get the staff relaxed. Alternatively, you could do the work out probably during Friday tea-break time around 3.45pm to 4.05pm where employees could don on their workout clothes and later warm down and start having a gathering meeting at 4.30pm where employees could discuss on where to hang out after work.

Building a team of tightly networked employees would definitely create a more productive team resulting higher bonding and higher loyalty which lead to higher employee retention rates.


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I liked it. People would proprably work more relaxed.
Maybe you could also think about the activities that you mentioned and talk about one for team bonding and one creative exercise.

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I love this idea! At my previous company we had a similar fitness challenge where employees were encouraged to take a 30 min walk around the site after lunch everyday. The program lasted for a summer and over 50% of our company participated at least once.

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Very nice concept ! But maybe you can consider different day. Maybe Monday ? Everybody hates Mondays and that could be a good motivation to come to work after weekend...

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I like the idea of Monday, too. And the yoga would be a great way to start the week.

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Excellent point Julia! I bet having Fitday on Monday would be an employee satisfier. What are your guys' thoughts: would people be more likely to participate on Monday or Friday?

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Sounds like a good topic for some rapid-prototyping... :)

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Great idea! And then you're not taking away the casual Friday. And hey! A track suit is still a suit, right?!

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It seems like these day there are a lot of offices that are casual everyday, so in those cases Fridays would make the most sense.

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I was thinking Monday would be good too - right after the couch potato / dining out kind of weekend you might have had. Motivation Mondays? Maybe that's too perky : )

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Any day would work, really: Monday to help ease into the week, Wednesday for a mid-week morale boost, Friday for a good ending, or Tuesday/Thursday just for the heck of it. =)

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And what about gifting a pair of "Nike" to the most active employee of the month?

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Great idea! The office could provide some fitness incentives (like a pair of Nikes) and announce the winners at the Fitday Potluck. There could be individual competitions (e.g. most stairs taken, most salads eaten) and team competitions by department or group (e.g. most walking meetings held, most Office-Walks-Around-the-Block, best fitness casual participation)

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I think this is a great idea - and possibly an opportunity for athletic wear companies to partner with healthcare providers - manifesting this simple idea into a global movement towards healthy, feel good living!

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Depending on the company and the resources at their disposal, giving out running shoes or other equipment (or making them available at a discount) to employees at the start may be a better option. Chances are the employee who is the most active already has their own stuff. Though if it's a decent item, or one that people end up replacing a lot (like shoes, I suppose) it would work fine.

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I really dig this idea, and I'll try to get it started where I work now.

"Fit Friday" definitely sounds the best out of the name ideas I've seen. Simple, and gets the point across.

Expanding on Lorena's idea, you could use pedometers, or some other workout-logging tool to create a competition within the company for who can achieve the most, either individually within a department, or collectively between departments (Sales vs. Support?). Fitocracy might be a decent tool for this, as it already gamifies working out.

Love it!

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For the name, improvising from "Fitness Friday" by Beth Worrall "Fit Friday" sounds more catchy, witty and it was the word that came straight into my head reading brief intro to your concept.

I love the idea, I think it is great, definitely would love to see it happening. It would encourage both health aware and unaware individuals to exercise even if it means Friday would be the only day in a week they get off their sofas and office chairs. Furthermore I personally find a huge number of individuals oblivious to healthy life style are likely to start being healthy once they have been educated in clear of prejudice. There are prejudice against some exercises such as yoga or pilates but once they have been introduced and individuals start noticing benefits from exercising, their opinions change radically. Usually the only social activity at workplaces or in fact social activity in general involve alcohol since that is considered by many the norm and/or cool however Work Clothes Friday would be great assisting as well as being a wake up call to realising the importance of our health. Perhaps back in the student days, our youths were opt enough to allow junk kind of living but we only get older, our bodies won't be able to cope one day at times without notice. If you are at work it is likely to mean that you need to make a living, reach your dream, take care of your loved ones but what can money do if you are not there?

Love your idea and I sincerely hope through this concept and many others that all the population, let's dream big, realise the importance of health and break the prejudice that it's only for 'goodie goodies' nor for the privileged. EVERYONE has their right to health.

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This is a global idea that could start a global movement. For habits to be established it needs to be a regular thing. Maybe this idea could be tied into group fitness app & pedometer metrics. Great idea with many spin off ideas.

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This is a global idea that could start a global movement. For habits to be established it needs to be a regular thing. Maybe this idea could be tied into group fitness app & pedometer metrics. Great idea with many spin off ideas.

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Ashley, first off, like many others, I love the simplicity of this idea. The moment that I put on work out clothes and a pair of good runners, I feel like I SHOULD and NEED to be working out! But the hardest part isn't convincing myself to go, it's actually changing and getting ready. Because once you do so, you feel like you've invested the effort to be ready, you can't turn back now! That's why I love your idea. It provides a step over the mental hurdle 'exercise' can be.

I would love to see the simple usage of pedometers in this. It could be something as simple as having the newer/smaller pedometers in the running shoes, so that every Friday (or which ever day) can really be a measurement of how much is walked. Or even Nike Fuel bands. It would be great to have this all equate to something large but not overwhelming (ie. x steps = y kilometers = mt.kilimanjaro)

Either way, reading the comments below, it needs to be customized to the office demographic and culture, but I think your idea rocks!

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Sending this on to our HR department. Such a simple way to boost employee morale and health. Thanks Ashley!

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Awesome Hanna! I'm also in the process of pitching this to the corporate offices at Chipotle. Let me know how it's received and--if all goes well--implemented. How big is your company? So glad you think the idea has potential!

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I wish all employers would do this, especially in offices where you're sitting for hours and hours.
I'm sharing this EVERYWHERE!

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I think that is a great idea. Employers are constantly seeking ways to reduce healthcare costs and have begun to implement efforts in wireless tracking devices that monitor employees daily activity. This idea plays to healthy feel good living. Happy Employee is an effective and lasting one was well.

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What a simple and brilliant idea! You can even have a juicer or blender related appliance in the break area and have a "team turn up" or whatever you want to call it and get co-workers together to make healthy smoothies around three o'clock to avoid the lull in the afternoon.

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I love the idea of a "Team Turn Up". The benefit is tri-fold: 1) directly beats the 3:00 lull, 2) creates community and fun, and 3) replaces a healthy snack with what's usually an unhealthy habit. Great suggestion!

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Thanks! I think the suggestion for Monday yoga is a great idea too! You can call it "Funday Monday" or "Mellow Monday" to start the week on a good note. You could even have themes for each Friday's Team Turn Up, like a different fruit/veggie smoothie a week, maybe even start Team Turn Ups with "Team Turnip" and have green smoothies. That may be a little lame but just an idea!

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I'd call it "Feel Good Friday!" In fact, that's what I plan to call it when I use this with my staff next fall.

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Great suggestion Rebecca! How awesome that you're planning to incorporate Feel Good Friday with your staff. I'd love to hear more about your organization and implementation plan if you're willing to share:

1. Could you describe your organization? E.g. how many employees in the office, how many employees will participate in Feel Good Friday, what type of attire is worn on a typical day?
2. Could you describe your plan for implementation? E.g. are you going to announce FGF at a staff meeting, via email, at a conference? What types of Friday activities do you plan to implement?

I'd love to also pitch this idea to my organization (Chipotle's Corporate Headquarters). It would be awesome if people who are interested in implementing this could all share ideas!

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I love this idea. One of the most fascinating traits about exercise is how addicting it can be. Unfortunately, many people get lost in their weekly routine and don't even give exercise a chance to squeeze in. Workout Clothes Friday gives the employees the chance to try many different exercise options. This method would certainly explode with popularity within a company. Once a week is enough to plant the seed of a healthy lifestyle that will begin to influence the rest of the week. Fantastic idea! Very practical and down-to-earth!

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Love Workout Clothes Friday!! Many congratulations to all. Fitness Friday has a nice ring to it. Even if you say Friday Fitness, it will emphasize the purpose. As Friday rolls arounds, Friday Fitness can serve as a reminder -- it's a participative day to share in the workplace for fitness and revitalizing our relationships (internal and external) through fitness goals. Certainly this concept creates a whole lot more meaning for casual Fridays. Company sponsored fitness gear, like tee shirts can be awarded monthly for employee volunteers creating unique or inspiring ideas. Everybody can vote, too. Great work!

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I like this idea the most so far because it's relatively simple to implement (rather than creating a whole work-out station that might impose on tight company budgets). My only concern is that this kind of activity could be harder to implement in certain kinds of companies - like federal agencies for example. Not to single them out - I just have experience at one and can't imagine any of my former colleagues wearing any kind of work out clothes to work, let alone do any kind of physical exercise with each other in the same room. There is also a big age difference, ranging from people in their late 20s to 80s (there is a senior employment program in place). I think it would be good to explore how the idea of Work-Out Clothes Fridays can be catered to employees of all different ages.

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This is such a simple idea and I love it. It has so much potential for scaling and implementing it.

Maybe a way to give recognition it is having some authorities or organisation to create an endorsement or recognition for organizations that promoted work life balance, and include this as one possible measurement.

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Great idea! Companies like Google, REI, and Apple are applauded for how they create a happy, healthy environment; I can imagine them all participating in a "Casual Fitday" program (or whatever the name might be). Maybe at some point, recognition as a Casual Fitday organization would be criteria Forbe's "Top Companies to Work For" listing.

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Is it important that people wear a full workout outfit, or would wearing sneakers to work accomplish a similar thing? For example, Sneaker Fridays would still allow people to do walking meetings, walk to work, and remove at least one barrier to working out (having to bring your sneakers with you to work...which is the bulkiest item of gym apparel).

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I think this idea is great in terms of getting employees motivated to workout! At least for me, I know that after a long week the hardest part about working out is actually getting dressed in your gear and dragging yourself out to the gym. If you come to work already dressed in exercise gear, it is way easier to motivate yourself to take that extra step and actually do your workout. As I personally don't like yoga, it would be nice to alternate the group exercises each week. Not only will offering alternatives to yoga like kick boxing classes, self defense techniques, zumba, and hip hop classes keep employees excited and appeal to a variety of exercise taste, but it has been proven that switching up your workout routine keeps your body challenged!!

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Great idea!

While "work out clothes friday" doesn't have quite the same ring as "fitness friday" does, the implication is different.

"Work out clothes friday" doesn't necessarily imply that any real "fitness" is required to participate, which sounds like fun, not work, and might mean that those employees who tend to be "fitness" adverse will be more likely to join in, which is the real goal of a program like this in the first place right?

Creating a healthy "community" in some workplaces is easy because it tends to create itself, as those who are healthy gravitate to each other. But how is that community nurtured and encouraged to grow within the workplace? An idea like this is great because it doesn't feel like "fitness" itself is what's being encouraged, its the idea of fitness. And everything starts with an idea.

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Chris, I think you bring up an excellent point about the name - it should remain focused first and foremost on the attire for the day, and not necessarily on the activities of the day. One of the first steps to doing something active is changing your clothes, so the goal to get to people to work in fitness casual. Once they're in the door, there will be so many activities for which they'll already be appropriately dressed. Ideally, someone who doesn't intend to "work out" that day will still come in fitness casual clothes; even better, this person actually will participate throughout the day merely because they're already dressed for the occasion.

What do you think about the name "Fitness Casual Friday" (to play directly off of "Casual Friday")?

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How about "Workout-Fits-Friday"

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Throw a fit! in your workoutFit!

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Ashley,

Loved this idea. It is necessary to replace the "beer-soaked-friday" to "yoga-stretching-friday."

To make it more fun, we can add a little bit of "masala." there are many workout genres getting popularized like dancing workout, dancing to the tune of Bollywood songs, mix-n-match with martial arts etc. Those genres can be taken up in alternate Fridays as a surprise to the participators.

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Great idea - there could be a standing class (maybe around lunch-time) where the theme/type of workout could rotate. To ensure people still attend despite the workout changing, it would be important to ensure the workout is pretty versatile (possible for many skill levels), and maybe begins and ends with familiar activities.

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Maybe ending the day with a class might be better. Then nobody has to change out of their workout clothes for the rest of the day. And I'm sure everybody would love knowing the stress is over an hour earlier on Fit-Day

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I love this idea. If you need a simple website built for it, let me know, would be excited to help see this into action.

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Nathan - thanks so much for offering. I'd love to hear your (and others'!) thoughts on what you imagine the website to be. Off the top of my head:

- I imagine a login where companies can create a Fitness Casual Cohort (that could be divided into many levels, so larger companies could have internal competitions or divide into departments)
- The company could have a "menu" of different activities the each user could add to their Cohort (e.g. Office-Walks-Around-the-Blocks, Standing Meetings, morning yoga) as well as the option to Create-Your-Own activity.
- Some sort of interface for participating Cohorts to see other participating Cohorts, and an opportunity to engage in Cohort-to-Cohort competition.
- The site would have a link to Instagram and a mobile interface are a must; the former to embrace social media, and the latter because Fitness Casual Friday is about being up and away from your desktop computer!

Nathan and others - I'd love to hear your thoughts

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This idea is great because it's easy to implement. Depending on the type of work, Standing-up work hours can be introduced. I used to stand to work intermittently through out the day when my back was really getting to me. Not to mention that Donald Rumsfeld works on a standing desk. I find it so energizing and in a cubicle environment could also promote communication.
I myself is a yoga teacher. If the concern of fitting in a full class in the morning is difficult, companies can offer short 20 min classes through out the day, meditation, pranayama, or a quickie asana. People can take advantage of them during lunch or whatever breaks they usually like to take. A peaceful mind can be as powerful as a fit body.
To give it a fun name, wonder if "offbeats friday" would generate creativity, inspiration and motivation for healthier and more fun-fill, at the same time more productive Fridays.
Namaste,
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Bo, I like your idea about having shorter activities throughout the day. While reading, the thought came to mind to turn the 2:30 coffee-urge into a Office-Walk-Around-the-Block. It'll get people out of the office, providing a mental break that will help boost productivity for the rest of the day. Since it's a walk, it's not intimidating for people who aren't uber fit already, it promotes community, and could possibly replace coffee/fatty snack habits for some. It'll only be about 15 minutes, and since people will already in workout clothes, it'll be really easy to elect to participate. If people want coffee still, that's fine - but get it before or after the Walk!

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This seems like a great idea, especially the walking meetings encouraged by employees already wearing gym shoes. I think, however, that if management is on board, they should take another step and add incentives. This will take away the lack of commitment someone may have - for instance, 3 Fitdays participated = $3 off on a healthy lunch (sponsored by the company).

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I really like the idea for providing an additional incentive for participation. This could be an opportunity also promote community - e.g. if for three weeks everyone in your department participates in at least one walking meeting, the company will host lunch (a tasty/healthy one) during the next Fitday.

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i think this idea is brilliant, solely cos it's so easy to adopt. it definitely works and though it may be a simple idea but nonetheless a great step towards greater ideas!

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I absolutely LOVE this idea!

How about "Fitness Fridays" or Fitday? :-)

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Excellent naming ideas! Terence made a suggestion above include the "Fit-Day" idea.

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I vote for fitday!

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"Fitness Casual" ?

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Joel & Anthony, I love the merge of these two names. I can hear the dialogue: "...Er, what is 'Fitday'?"...."I'm so glad you asked, on Fitday we wear Fitness Casual instead of Business Casual".

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Great collaboration guys! This is what the Refinement phase is all about. Bring it on...

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Great concept. I agree that people wearing workout clothes to work would potentially encourage the employees to engage in activities to keep fit. Being able to cycle or run to work for example and then remain in the workout clothes would make the employees feel more comfortable about performing these tasks.

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A Fantastic simple concept, Its simple and effective to be easily implemented in working environments. It could also be a way to socialize with weekly sport activities with other work departments or other businesses.

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What a great concept! I really like the idea of a walking meeting. Depending on the organization, it may be difficult to hold yoga sessions (which I also love, btw), but conducting business while walking can be done anywhere (ok, maybe not the North Pole). It's a great balance of work and fitness.

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Great concept! It can be so easily implemented into working environments.

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I love this idea Ashley! Many companies already have several sports clubs within the organization. Whether it is yoga, basketball, zumba, squash, or any other; maybe 'Fitday' could be a day where the people come to the office already wearing their workout outfit (instead of bringing a duffel bag), so that by the end of the day people go off to their weekly practice. This could also help raise awareness on some of the activities that people in the office are engaging in, and potentially conquer new adepts for all sports clubs, resulting in a healthier company overall.

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that is a great point, javier - aside from overcoming the barrier of "changing clothes", fitday could have the benefit of raising awareness. i would also add that there would be some positive peer pressure at work too, as others who did not wear workout clothes to work would feel inspired by others to join in the fun! :)

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Great build on the existing popularity for Casual Fridays, Ashley! And I wonder whether neighbouring businesses could be encouraged to have a friendly sports match at the end of the day – maybe once a month. Could be great if you help folks understand your idea a bit further by filling out the remaining questions on the Concepting form – you can update your post at any time by hitting the Update Entry button on the right of your post. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on how the idea might be prototyped, scaled, etc...

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Good concept Ashley..I just posted my idea and as I was going through everyone else's..I thought ours was collaborative in nature..Combining what I suggested with the Casual Friday theme may work wonders if implemented well!

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Ashley – you can check out Ranjani's idea here: http://www.openideo.com/open/well-work/concepting/healthy-work-life-balance-health-day-office-2013-one-day-every-week./ We're always fans of collaboration, cross-pollination and conversation. Creativity loves company!

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Meena, thanks so much for posting the link! Ranjani, I completely agree - your concept of having an array of management-sponsored healthy activities would fit perfectly on Workout Clothes Friday. I could see an office culture growing to look forward to Friday; wearing comfortable clothes, starting the day with a drop-in yoga class, and then looking forward to that week's Work-Life Balance Challenge. A pilot program could help identify which activities the community is more drawn to - those particular activities could become monthly or quarterly events, thus increasing employee's excited anticipation for the event, and reducing the demand on management to come up with new ideas for every week.

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Totally agree..

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Great Idea!

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Hey Ashley how about "ActivWork Day". "Mom are you sleepwalking? Why are you leaving the house in yoga clothes?" "It's ActivWork Day sweetie. We wear Active Wear to work today. We set personal and group goals. We even engage in friendly inner office, company wide and external competition. The goal is to create a wellness culture and promote teamwork." Very cool concept Ashley. Lululemon and Athleta will love this. Active Wear Apparel lines are almost indistinguishable from traditional Casual Wear. So everyone can still be dressed appropriately. The best way to get (and stay) active is to set goals. ActivWork Day could also encourage offices, departments, or teams to set personal and/or group goals. They could engage in friendly competition or work as a team to meet those goals. For example: a run/walk relay challenge; a group weight loss goal; or a fitness accessment challenge. The "ActivWork Day" games/activities can be moderated by a personal training professional. It can also be folded into any of the ongoing "Get Fit America Challenges". Great concept Ashley. I can see my team and i revieving an award for the most improved relay time at the holiday party. ;-)

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How about 'Fabulous Fitness Friday'?

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*Fridays

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I really like this concept and the idea of having a social network where workers of different companies could share their experiences as well as encouraging some to the others. Great concept Ashley!

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Really like this idea. As an added benefit I believe this would also help staff communication and "bonding", with everyone getting together and doing something out of the ordinary as a group regularly. I believe it would give you something to discuss with your colleagues you do not always talk to, meaning making potentially useful work connections at the same time.

The only challenge I can think of, (which is not my opinion but I can potentially imagine it being my managers) is that "slouchy" clothes could lead to you being slightly more unproductive as you feel relaxed. And would not be at all acceptable if you had meetings with anyone outside the company on a reguar basis on a Friday. As I say not my opinion but just a thought..

All in all a great idea.

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Really like this idea.. I think it will completely change the workplace morale on a friday as everyone will be in there own clothes and being themselves. The exercises/classes could vary every week to make every week funner and different. Really good concept.
Name idea: Fri-fun-fit-Day

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How about "THE ULTIMATE FRIDAY"

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Congrats on this post being today's onsite Featured Concept!

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Ashley this is a great idea! The best thing about this is that for those that don't participate in the yoga classes / physical activities, the yoga clothes provide a great reminder to everyone that it's important to stay active. I can imagine myself thinking "Oh yeah, I guess I should start exercising again." And, since the clothing is comfortable and less of a hassle, I'm sure many people will take advantage of it just from an ease of access level. I'm sure it will perform much better than what some teams do, "Formal Fridays".

One challenge to consider is employer liability. The reasons why many companies don't provide in house work out programs or gyms is because there's a potential for someone to get injured. The walking meetings are a good substitute.

Perhaps you can tack on building awareness, like an email sent out every Friday with a "Little Known Fact".

Great job.

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Great point. Simply getting people into workout clothes (without the direct expectation that they must also do something active) is a win. If you're already in active clothes, you're more likely to participate in active things throughout the day, or begin to plan for them on Fridays. I also like the idea of a weekly "Little Known Fact". Debbie Ng had an idea to have a governing body officially recognize companies that participate" they could possibly sponsor the "Little Known Fact" emails.

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Newcomer to this site and really like this idea.

If you would like to make "workout clothes Friday" a bit less literal and a bit more catchy, how about something like:

"Gym kit for Fri-fit"

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Awesome! I love how it rhymes; "gym kit for Fri-fit" would make an excellent tagline.