Webble Guys Pty Ltd – Reducing sedentary workplace behaviour
Webble Guys Pty Ltd is an emerging corporate health and wellbeing company applying innovative approaches to reducing the health risk posed to desk-bound employees within office environments. Flagship software product, “Webble Move!” was validated by research conducted during Darren Webb’s ECU PhD then commercialised.
With a strong focus on promoting safe, socially-supported physical activity tasks, “Webble Move!” is designed to enhance workplace health culture and build social cohesion amongst otherwise disengaged and/or sedentary employees.
Far from being just software, “Webble Move!” has also allowed the on-site integration of ECU exercise physiology practicum students to regularly engage with workforces to assist in the maintenance of employee participation, where these students offer a uniquely preventative approach to workplace health. Just as importantly, ECU students directly benefit through having their own supervised practicum placement experiences greatly enriched by establishing “Webble Move!” teams, setting workplace goals and running management supported competitions.
“Webble Move!” optimisies workstyle behaviours through customisable, regular cardiovascular (aerobic), resistance (strength and conditioning) and stretching (flexibility) activity prompts, and is supported by an already state and national innovation award-winning development team.
Webble Guys’ Director of Research Dr Darren Webb, stated “Webble Move!” was developed to give physically inactive employees a management-endorsed means to not just minimize their sedentary health risk exposure, but to preventatively foster healthier and happier employees.” This subsequently provides adopting organisations with numerous business benefits including: research proven employee productivity return-on-investment, workplace physical, mental wellbeing and stress reduction improvements and the opportunity to create more socially engaged workforces.
Dr Webb’s ECU PhD thesis was titled: “Investigating the value of workplace-endorsed social media for improving deskbound employee physical activity program engagement and reducing sedentary behaviour health risks”, and received examiner comments like: “this PhD will be valuable to those working or performing research in technology and social media-led health interventions” and additionally “this PhD provides application, impact and translation.”
Following the research, “Webble Move!” continues to be utilised within industry-partner HBF and is being trialed within ECU’s Office of Research and Innovation with much interest from elsewhere within the university and externally such as the City of Wanneroo and the RAC. Current opportunities for deployment within educational environments have also been offered by St Stephen’s Schools, in realisation that many current classroom practices are perhaps inadvertently training students that prolonged daily sitting behaviour is “the norm”.
Comments by early adopters have included:
“After years of suffering with chronic back pain, your program has had a significant effect on reducing this by up to an estimated 90%. I am also now much happier at work and even my sleep has improved due to a reduction in pain.”
“Employed as a workplace trainer, I encouraged my trainees to participate with Thera-Band® exercise every time I was prompted as a research participant. I found this was extremely well adopted, improving trainee learning focus and completely avoiding the 3.30pm slump, commonplace with long days of sedentary computer based training.”
“As a result of participation, I have felt more energetic upon arriving home, have started walking more which encouraged my husband to walk with me and as a result he has lost weight. In a case of leading by example, our kids now also walk more instead of spending so much time in front of the television and PlayStation.”
Webble Guys are currently developing further strategic industry-partnerships and already have both national and international interest from corporates and allied researchers.
To find out more information regarding Webble Move! please contact Dr Darren Webb on: [email protected]