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Embracing Collaboration by Creating Active Bodies and Creating Active Zones

The best way to change the culture of government to embrace collaboration is:


Collaborative behavior is not a stand-alone feature in a culture climate. Collaboration is nested with just a few other activities, including energy-awareness, being healthier and fit. The best way to change the culture of government to embrace collaboration is by implementing a multi-faceted wellness and fitness initiative that already has the weight of law, promoting both fitness and energy-awareness.


To achieve this, a low hanging fruit that could be implemented within 30 days is to put power and support behind the “Consider the Stairs Initiative” (Public Law 109-115, Section 607), which states, “The General Services Administration shall conduct a program to promote the use of stairs in all federal buildings.”


A multi-faceted approach to enhancing the health benefits to federal government employees includes regularly choosing to use the stairwells and hallways (active zones) to get around their workplace. The resulting improved wellness and fitness levels can simultaneously improve the energy-efficiency consciousness as well (see:


By developing guidelines related to the physical and aesthetic characteristics of stairwells and hallways (active zones), we can have an initiative to develop collaboration, encourage employees to use the stairwell and hallways (active zones) in an effort to support healthy and active choices, promote overall wellness, and engrain energy-awareness.


Active healthy bodies work better, are more efficient, take less sick days and are cheaper in the long run. People who are healthy and active have a greater fitness than inactive members of any culture, and this fitness leads to the tendency to embrace collaboration. Workers who are not healthy and fit generally fail to appreciate the associated direct and indirect benefits of fitness, energy-efficiency and collaboration.


Routine use of stairwells and hallways (active zones) will measurably reduce energy costs in all federal buildings by reducing the electricity needed for elevators and escalators. Making these savings known promotes energy consciousness, which is also essential in changing the culture to embrace collaboration. Without energy-awareness and ingrained changes in personal and professional energy consumption, the goals of collaborative behavior stand to fail to become part of the culture.


Creating active bodies - creating active zones, with support apposed to words will help transform each member of the culture of the government. Each active body will be empowered to work better within the culture - and ratchet up the culture’s efficacy



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Idea No. 832