I was talking with a friend the other day and somehow the attention got redirected to his shoe. He had a small, black plastic devise weaved into his top shoelace and when I asked about it, he said it was “for work.” While at first I thought it was a new contraption for house arrest, I determined since we were at church, that was unlikely. He began to explain that the small black devise was keeping track of his steps. His workplace had offered incentives to employees based on healthy living, and tracking his steps was one way he was raking up wellness points – whatever that meant.
Workplace Wellness Incentive Ideas
I don’t know the details of where this gentlemen works, but I know it’s downtown in a large office and it has something to do with insurance. So his workplace is probably a cubicle-land and involves a sit-down job. It makes sense that his company wants to get people moving – they lead a pretty stationary life from 8-5. He also mentioned that in addition to the pedometer, he and his employees were being rewarded when they attended lunch-and-learns and other wellness events.
Working toward Mystery Wellness Incentives
With all of the initiatives he was participating in, I asked him about the end result. He said his company was promoting healthy living but the rewards were a mystery. He speculated that they could involve some type of financial reward – perhaps additional funds put into his HSA or even a reduction or cut in his health insurance premiums. But he had no idea when he would see it or how much it would be – or even if rewards were coming in a financial form. He joked that after all of the walking and workshops he’s done – watch him get $10 at the end of the year.
Should Workplace Wellness Incentives be a mystery?
This guy tends to stay physically fit anyway, so his participation in workplace wellness activities wasn’t much of a stretch. But it makes me wonder about his other coworkers and if they’ve started leading healthier lives because of an unknown mystery incentive coming at the end of the year. Should employees be kept in the dark about what their wellness bonus will be, or would guaranteeing the bonus make more people participate? My friend didn’t seem to mind the mystery. But I’m not sure that’s universal.
Would you participate in wellness programs in hopes of a financial reward at the end of a year? Or, would you need to know what you were working for in order to get out and start moving?