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Your Waistline = Your Boss’s Business

not fitzgerald but an actor playing fitzgeraldHere is your open thread, brought to you by the lengths corporations will go to spend less on health insurance:

companies, facing rising health expenses, are increasingly buying or subsidizing fitness-tracking devices to encourage employees and their dependents to be more fit. The tactic may reduce corporate health-care costs by encouraging healthier lifestyles, even as companies must overcome a creepy factor and concerns from privacy advocates that employers are prying too deeply into workers’ personal lives. … Companies and insurers said they protect the privacy of people using wearable gadgets, and comply with federal laws that prevent employers from seeing certain health information about employees without consent. The wearable programs are voluntary and often administered by third-party vendors like StayWell, which works with BP.

Big Brother is watching you on behalf of your boss. What could be better?


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garli (#4,150)

Hi, can we talk about something that’s maybe rage inducing?



Look at the total collected.

E$ (#1,636)

My former employer held a step challenge among a number of different branches and offered free Fitbits for some participants. I accepted one (it’s great, I still wear it). It does keep track of steps, but I don’t think it has GPS so I’m not sure how much info Big Brother is really getting on me.

Same company also used StayWell which didn’t seem very effective or helpful. I qualified for the “weight management” one which consisted of “modules” you had to watch or read online to tell you things like “eat more fruits and vegetables every day!” (thanks, I’m just overweight, I still know what food groups are). I never finished them even though there was a small financial reward involved.

@E$ They’re doing an activity challenge at my company now based on minutes of exercise. It’s with Health Advocate, whose terms and conditions have some of my coworkers all worked up. I just try to keep the info I give them minimal. With ours, you can use a tracker if you have one but it’s not required. I’d love one if they were giving them away though! I’ve been thinking about buying one, but I don’t know if I would link it to the website for the competition. That just feels a little too close. I’d just look at my minutes and add them manually. Also, I wish ours was like the one below with PTO! We just get our names entered in a drawing each week. I’m not even sure what the prize is if we win…

We have a points system tracked through Daily Mile (it’s on the honor system). Calculates like this:
- Elliptical: 1pt / mile
- Cycling: 1pt / 5 miles
- Rowing: 1pt / mile
- Running: 1.5pt / mile
- Swimming: 5pt / mile
- Walking: 1pt / mile
- Weights: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Core fitness: 1pt / 10 minutes
- Fitness: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Cross Training: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Spinning: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Rock Climbing: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Yoga: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Hiking: 1pt / 15 minutes
- Cross Fit: 1pt / 10 minutes
- CC Skiing: 1pt / mile
- Inline Skating: .5pt / mile

Rack up 150 points and that’s a day of PTO. Or you can take a cash payout. We call it Get Fit, Get Paid. Pretty cool system.

Push It Along (#6,502)

@Sean Dailey@facebook That sounds like such a good program. I’m sure my employer can’t do anything like this, but if they could, I’d go hard for some more leave. Then again, I can see people taking advantage of the honor system.

@Push It Along There’s even an internal website that tracks everyone against each other to up the competitive angle. And at the end of each “season”, the winner overall and the winners in each category get bonus prizes. Advertising is pretty rad.

A-M (#4,317)

@Sean Dailey@facebook It’s great *if* you can afford a membership to a pool/gym/buy rock climbing gear/buy crossfit classes/etc.

Elsajeni (#1,763)

@A-M Quite a few of the things on that list are potentially free. I don’t think there’s really a cost argument to be made here.

ATF (#4,229)

@Sean Dailey@facebook – I very much want in on this. I’ve run 15 miles already this week and done an hour of bootcamp. Plus I bike or walk to work every morning (1.1 miles each way). Commuting alone would get me 3.5 days of PTO a year. :)

E$ (#1,636)

@Sean Dailey@facebook I like it, but probably because I already am active… and I love PTO.

Goodie (#5,447)

@Sean Dailey@facebook that is an awesome system. I wish my work did something like that. I am sure it would motivate me.

Non-anonymous (#1,288)

Does anyone reading this use Credit Karma? They keep asking me to “connect” my accounts. Would this involve giving them my card numbers or passwords? Is it safe? And would it improve the accuracy of the credit scores they give me, or have any advantage other than letting me use Credit Karma as yet another spending tracker?

Push It Along (#6,502)

One of the people I follow on Twitter tweeted about dining alone and how it’s viewed as odd in the US. I’ve done it a few times, and I don’t think it’s a big deal. However, there’s a brunch dish I want to try at a place I’ve been to a couple times. Normally, I wouldn’t think it’s a big deal, but brunch seems more communal than other meals. Any thoughts on doing brunch solo?

garli (#4,150)

@Push It Along Dude, do it. Don’t worry about twitter judgement.

Allison (#4,509)

@Push It Along go, do it, bring a book or w/e and report back on the dish.

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