There are a lot of excuses for gaining weight once you work in an office such as snacking happy neighboring colleague and boredom. But you’ll find that you have no reason ‘not to work out’ if you are employed by Agora Inc, a Baltimore based company. The company offered a whooping $1000 for each female, male and team who lost the most weight during 12 weeks challenge.
This breakthrough was inspired by a reality show “the biggest loser” by NBC and sure enough, not less than 84 employees lost a total 1,000 pounds by the time the contest ended. Although this contest promotes a slimmer waistline and better health, the effect on productivity is questioned.
The company spent around US$90,000 for 12 weeks to start this contest (that’s not a small amount). Most of the money was spent to hire personal trainer and paying unlimited access to a local gym for the employees.
In the end, two people lost more than 40 pounds over 12 weeks. That’s roughly 3 pounds a week!
What’s good from this contest was, the employees were allowed to workout during their daily work schedules!
The only drawback from this contest was, employees who didn’t need to lose weight had less chances of winning the contest. But that didn’t stop them from participating and taking the kickboxing classes that the company provided, so if I were them I wouldn’t complain.
I hope more companies followed Agora’s lead and started giving incentive for their employees to stay fit and healthy. They should learn from the Mayor of Varallo (a city in Italy). Not only that the Mayor gave bonus for citizen who lost weight, he also gave bonus for them who managed to maintain it! The contest would do little use if the participants ended up as yo-yo dieter.
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