Weight Loss At Work Non Food Rewards

Weight Loss At Work Non Food Rewards



The e-mail comes out at​ noon. "To celebrate your hard work this week,​ there is​ cake and ice cream in​ the​ big kitchen at​ 3 today. Be there!"

The universal reward for hard work always seems to​ be food: cake and ice cream,​ a​ catered lunch for in-service training sessions,​ pizza for the​ overtime crew,​ bagels and cream cheese to​ brighten up a​ bleak Monday morning.

Food seems to​ be the​ perennial favorite for any kind of​ work reward because it​ is​ universally accepted. Some of​ us (we hard core dieters) may pass on​ the​ sweet stuff but usually find something allowable. in​ a​ world where two thirds of​ us are overweight or​ obese,​ is​ there nothing else available as​ a​ gift that cuts across all individual interests?

Recently,​ we​ had a​ whole week at​ my company devoted to​ employee appreciation. the​ primary rewards were,​ of​ course,​ food but other things were added: a​ company baseball cap,​ a​ hiking water container,​ a​ lunch bag,​ and a​ handwritten note of​ thanks to​ every employee from their supervisor. the​ cap was a​ bust for those of​ us with any modicum of​ fashion sense; the​ insulated flask and bag were food related,​ and the​ handwritten notes were superfluous - good supervisors show their appreciation of​ hard work constantly while a​ handwritten note from a​ harsh supervisor,​ no matter the​ "thanks" stated,​ means diddly squat to​ a​ resentful employee.

The HAS to​ be something else,​ doesn't there? we​ human beings have few things totally in​ common and eating is​ the​ primary universal. Other common bodily activities such as​ urination and defecation are not easily translatable into some kind of​ reward system. we​ are all involved in​ physical activity,​ to​ some degree,​ but that is​ often more a​ chore than a​ delight.

When it​ comes to​ our other senses,​ we​ all differ so much that one person's pleasure is​ another person's pain: music,​ perfume,​ pictures,​ or​ massages are differential tastes rather than general givens.

Money is​ almost always acceptable but the​ small amounts that would be individually generated to​ replace a​ free dessert or​ snack would be so minimal that their reward value would be insignificant.

So what can those of​ us on​ a​ permanent diet,​ and alarmed about our coworkers' increased girth,​ suggest?

How about plants? Small individual pots or​ a​ larger department shrub would save our waistlines while adding to​ the​ health and esthetics of​ our environment. I calculate,​ just within my call center,​ that if​ a​ plant had been given to​ each department,​ instead of​ an​ edible goodie,​ for celebrations over the​ past 5 years,​ that I would now be working in​ a​ lush rain forest of​ exotic plants where the​ stale re-processed air conditioned air would be purer,​ more humid,​ and a​ thousand times fresher. Morale booster and health benefits in​ one fell swoop!

How about the​ gift of​ time? in​ our overly busy pressured lives,​ who would not be immensely grateful for a​ free hour here or​ there. Rotate it​ through each department,​ letting one or​ two people leave early on​ a​ Friday afternoon. That would means something and would carry no cost so upper management should be ecstatic.

Instead of​ a​ handwritten note,​ how about getting Supervisors to​ perform their subordinates work duties for an​ hour or​ so,​ once in​ a​ while? Can you imagine the​ morale boost for an​ employee to​ get off the​ telephone,​ or​ the​ machine,​ or​ the​ computer,​ and shoot the​ breeze with friends for an​ hour while their duties are performed by their supervisors? And if​ mistakes are made - so much the​ better. it​ creates a​ sense of​ equality and inter-relationship between workers and supervisors that is​ generally lacking in​ a​ corporate environment.

How about free "Get out of​ jail" cards for every line worker? Each person gets one free card and additional cards can be given by supervisors for outstanding work,​ ensuring that the​ better workers have more cards. the​ cards can then be used as​ excuses for small transgressions - coming in​ a​ little late,​ leaving early,​ making minor mistakes. With the​ use of​ the​ card,​ a​ worker avoids verbal coaching,​ warnings,​ or​ being put on​ report. And let employees use their cards for coworkers who may need them - think of​ the​ teambuilding that would accomplish!

Flexibility of​ hours,​ assignments,​ and days,​ is​ another area where workers will universally respond: not to​ money,​ or​ food,​ but to​ accommodation of​ individual needs. Give each employee a​ wish card and then allow them to​ use it​ to​ get something they need.

What does all of​ this accomplish? it​ allows for employee rewards without fats and carbohydrates. Now isn't that worthwhile?

P. S. I'm recommending this to​ my company. I'll let you know if​ they buy it!




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