Companies started to take an interest in their employees health
- Their motivation was not necessarily the health of the employee
- Now, a couple decades later…
- One example would be that the employee gets points…
- Companies are using technology to force people to
The tethered employee. It wasn’t long ago, in the 1980s, when companies started to take an interest in their employees’ health. At first companies provided discounts or paid memberships to a local gym for their employees.
They saw that healthy employees didn’t miss as much work as the unhealthy ones. So their motivation was not necessarily the health of the employee, but the fact that they lost money when they didn’t show up for work and took sick days. Larger corporations built their own health clubs on site or nearby. Their employees could use them free of charge and they developed classes to keep people healthy, along with programs to help them stop smoking or lose weight.
Now, a few decades later, corporations are using technology to force their employees to be healthy. Following a recent fad, companies are supplying tracking devices for their employees using wrist monitors that keep track of the steps they take each day. They know that people who get up and move around more and have an active lifestyle outside of work do not miss as much work. Corporations have even started competitions between employees or teams of employees to get everyone involved to be mindful of their health.
One example would be that the employee gets points for the number of steps they take in a day or a week or a month. Then, these points can be used to help discount the cost of their portion of the health insurance they get from the company. So soon, even people who don’t want to exercise will have an incentive to do so because their health insurance premiums will be cheaper.
Companies are using technology to force people to exercise in order to save the company money. Is this ethical? Possibly not. What about people who are pregnant or it’s against their ethics or religion to be involved in a program like that. What will happen soon are lawsuits against companies forcing people to exercise. People will argue that it’s an invasion of their privacy and when a person gets hurt exercising the employee will blame the company and sue. With all this in mind, how much money will a company save? It will be interesting to see how all this plays out as people find ways to turn the situation against the company they work for that’s trying to control their life.
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That when you have to force someone to do something, even when there’s a reward in it for them, you will meet resistance.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because it’s an interesting comment on society that you have to pay people to exercise.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: It would be better for a person to learn to love themselves more so taking care of themselves and their health wouldn’t even be an option.
COMMENTARY: This started with drug-testing. The underlying problem with these preventive health programs is that there is no connection between the employee and the company. In fact, they are constantly battling each other over all kinds of self-serving demands. So even though the end result is positive for both the company and the employee, forcing them to do it will always be met with resistance. That’s just human nature.