Try Consistency Boards at the Office

100% success, 100% of the time. Is that what consistency means to you? If it is, you’re probably going to have a lot of trouble living up to this standard. A more realistic idea of the term might include the concept of two steps forward, one step back. In other words, as you progress towards your goal, even if you have a slip-up here and there, you are still well on your way. Room for an occasional failure is built right into this ideology.

You can use the idea of building up consistency in an office setting to create an environment for success. In the context of a wellness program, there are little things that a company can do that will add up to a big positive change. Looking for ideas of how to motivate employees on a regular basis to be healthier? Try developing a “consistency board” for the office.

Every couple of weeks, there is a different healthy challenge posted, whether it is to eat five servings of vegetables a day, drink eight glasses of water, or exercise for 30, minutes five days out of the week. Encourage all employees to become involved from the top down, and keep track of everyone’s progress. They’ll be motivated by seeing other’s success. Award prizes, not just for the “winner,” but for everyone that is able to remain “consistent” for those couple of weeks. Rewards, no matter how small, will teach all not to take their accomplishments for granted. This will motivate your employees to become healthier, which in turn means a healthier and more successful business.

Creating a consistency board allows everyone to have a healthy target to work towards. Everybody will become focused on that goal, encouraging others to strive towards it. Keeping a streak alive, no matter what goal is set, conditions the body and the mind to do positive things on a regular basis. Build on the goals, a two-week challenge can turn into a two-month or even one-year challenge. Keep the momentum moving, this proactive step will return healthier employees.

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Good article Report
My company uses a competing wellness company's program (Sonic Boom). There are challenges set by my company, Sonic Boom, and employee created ones.

It's been kind of fun. One week, it was highest number of wall sits. Or the number of times one used the elevator rather than the stairs. Report
You'd better make sure that whatever groupthink extrovert nonsense you want to try and foist off on your hapless coworkers is first cleared with management.
I have a group of "Biggers Losers" in my office that weigh in every Monday morning in the empty office near where I sit....for several hours.
I know for a fact they've all got things that need to get done, but they're wasting time on their little weight-loss motivation sessions.
(Furthermore, they're all doing starvation diets for the contest, so I'm looking forward to a big, steaming helping of schadenfreude when they put all that weight back on when they start eating normally again.) Report
I think there's a misplaced comma in the phrase "exercise for 30, minutes five days out of the week." Report
This article gave me a great idea! Sparkpeople's fitness reports just don't give me the feedback visualization I need. I think I am going to make a dry erase calendar at home so I can see what days I exercised...and how many days I have gone without. Exercise is the hardest thing to be consistent for me. Report
This article left me wanting more. What is a consistency board? Why did the author not include an example. This was very frustrating, like a tease. I am a self-employed teacher, so I am not familiar with consistency boards. I would like to see some examples that I could adapt to my work/life schedule. Report
I work at a company that has a wellness team. We come up with some pretty decent ideas to help out employees. example: over the hoidays starting with Thanksgiving, we do a "maintain don't gain". we take a starting weight and check it weekly in hopes that we don't gain anything. it seems to work pretty good. however, we discover that the people who participate in these "contests" are the group of people that don't neccessarly need to. The more unhealthy people don't take part. Report
One of my coworkers did a Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge and said anyone can participate in it. About 50% of my coworkers participated in it and the other half was offended that my coworker came up with the idea.

For me I liked the idea but I did not participate in it. I can see how others could get offended though. Report
I think that half of my weight issues of diet pills and starvation started at work - not blaming them at all but when you hear "OMG you look great! What are you doing?" Starvation and pills look like a win-win but when you say "working my a** off and eating many good calories - people don't take it as seriously - cause - face it - hard work and eating well don't sit goot on the regular diet front! Totally sucks! Report
My office is the exact opposite. Every day there is a mound of junk food (cookies, candy, chips, donuts, pie, brownies) etc. on the big "share table." Our business has very erratic hours so many people do not bring lunch with them, they just graze on junk all day or do the drive-through routine. Most live on sugar and caffeine. Very unhealthy environment. I can't wait to leave in 5 weeks. Report
This blog and people's responses make me think of the quote (probably not quite right) that the only think that leads to change is the action of a committed person.
Any one of us can start this kind of a movement -- no guarantee that it will take hold in any given situation, but a sure guarantee that without the starting by someone, it will never happen. Report
On the surface this seems like a good idea; however, I have noticed a trend in "motivational" practices that really amount to a shame-based system. Who wants to publish their less-than-stellar performance for all of their co-workers to see? There is an emotional cost of using fear of shame to motivate us to change our behavior that may be more detrimental to our overall health than a few extra pounds. Report
That's a great idea. Our insurance company proposed a 108% increase in premiums this year, which has shaken everyone's complacency. This is due to the high number of people with chronic illnesses working with us. I've been trying to think of some encouraging-not pushy ways to perk us up. The first challenge goes on the bulletin board in the break room tomorrow - not pushy, just a way to track one goal at a time.
I like this idea! However, it will work with a certain group that likes to be a team and that is supportive of one another. Not all offices are like this! Where I work, there are a lot of investment analysts, and they tend to stay in their own cubicles, staring at computers and interacting with data and numbers, not people.
I hope to try this with a few people next time I find the right opportunity. Report
We're going to try this at my office. We've all been on snack overload - maybe this can be a group kick-start! Report


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Liz Noelcke
Liz Noelcke
Liz is a journalist who often writes about health and fitness topics.
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