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Rewarding Lessons from the Business World

Workplace Incentive Strategies Can Help You Lose Weight

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... Friendly competition – Whether beating each other’s records or personal bests, people respond to a challenge. Challenge yourself to keep doing just a little better all the time, and reward each step up.

... In a fun way – With big rewards, businesses usually make a fuss. Ceremonies, trophies, announcements (even balloons!!). Why not have some fun with your rewards and make a big deal over them? Enjoy yourself so much that you’ll want to do it all over again.

... Loyalty and longevity – Smart companies reward employees that stick around through tough times and make a long career of it. Reward your own consistency and dedication with regularly scheduled rewards.

... Actions tied to company goals – Actions that earn rewards are also actions that move the company closer to its stated goals. Make sure that the rewards you promise yourself are tied to things that will actually help you lose weight, not just actions that you know you can do.

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Member Comments

  • KLINECW
    happy employees are healthy employees and productive! - 3/8/2013 10:43:33 AM
  • great article and reminder to stick to my goals by rewarding myself - 9/10/2012 5:22:39 PM
  • This is a great reminder to me to set SPECIFIC goals! Thanks! - 6/22/2010 1:06:41 PM
  • NIKNAK27
    Funny I should read this today, Friday on the drive home from work I was thinking of ways to reward my efforts at weight loss with the spark people and thought I'd put 1.00 in a jar for every day I meet all my goals which can only be spent on pampering myself with pedicures etc, which help with relaxation and feeling special. - 4/11/2010 3:09:37 AM
  • EJ1983
    My company is doing a wellness program. We have a friendly competition with a point system, like you get so many points for participating in a 3k walk or 5k run... or for meeting our wait loss or medical goals like lowering your cholesterol by so many points. Whoever wins the competition gets half off their insurance premiums for a year, or an equivalent amount towards a gym membership. I love this program because it is a great way to get everyone healthy AND being the accountant that I am, it also lowers our health insurance costs as a company! - 3/14/2010 5:43:22 PM
  • RAEJEANR
    We could also apply some of these ideas to rewarding our children! - 8/5/2009 3:34:52 PM
  • MOV4WARD
    i think this is perhaps my favorite strategy of creating a healthy making, happy making lifestyle ~ it reinforces the positives, keeps us looking forward and acknowledges the gr8 changes we're making :) Thanks for a gr8 article! - 8/23/2008 3:01:49 PM
  • I came across a blog post elsewhere in which someone stated that her workplace would reimburse each employee up to $200.00 per year for health-related stuff like entering races, etc. Even half that would enable some of my co-workers to participate in things like that--and the expenditure is nothing compared to healfh insurance. Worth a try to bring up. - 8/10/2008 9:21:46 AM
  • My workplace needs to remember these rules.... - 8/10/2008 1:27:16 AM
  • Great article. - 4/3/2008 11:56:34 AM
  • POSITIVEKARMA
    This is a win win for the employees and compainies. Compainies can receive better insurance cheaper and the employees are healier so more productive.]
    I like the idea unless it is forced upon you, which some companies are doing. - 1/4/2008 6:38:13 AM

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