And the Envelope please – Part 2

When I write on this blog, I write from the heart.  I usually don’t ponder over how and what I want to write about, I write how I feel.  So there is the opportunity that someone might write a comment that might need some more explaining.  I will share these comments and answer them.  I share them not to embarrass them or put them down, but quite the opposite.  I think that their comment might relate to what others are thinking.  So I am really thankful for their comment.  Maybe one of your comments could end up being a post of mine.

On my post, And the Envelope please, the biggest loser is.., Chari wrote the following comment:

John, I usually just read you post but never reply. I cannot figure out why B? If they gave everyone a participation gift then what would stop every employee from joining knowing no matter what they get paid something. Seems like a loss to the casino.
And D. Think the greatest prize here is the weight loss. Did you enter to win money or lose weight? You do this for yourself first and everything else second, if it is all about money people are going to do what they can for as long as they can to get the money. Anyone of the people in the contest could have joined mediastinal and lost 30+ pounds in 6 weeks. Your reward is the number on the scale and bragging rights. It’s not about money. So even 100 for first is a good deal. I think them doing it shows support and to me support is worth so much more than money when it comes to something like this

So let us break it down:

If they gave everyone a participation gift then what would stop every employee from joining knowing no matter what they get paid something.

That is exactly the point Chari, the getting everyone to participate part.  The more people participate the bigger the success the program is, even if everyone doesn’t lose a ton of weight.  People sometimes need a push to do the right things.  So if giving them a participation reward is what it takes, then I am for it.  Secondly, they have to do some work.  They can’t enter and gain weight, they have to lose at least one pound.  So we take the fact that we not only are trying to get people to participate but they have to at least put in a small effort.  Yes they might try drinking three gallons of water and eating a gallon of ice cream the night before to gain weight that they might think they can easily lose, but it would be for 12 weeks, that is going to hurt them over that period of time.  So if you factor in the 12 weeks, at least you will have to put in a minimum effort.

Seems like a loss to the casino.

Companies give various bonus or gifts to employees over the year – so is 10 – 25 really a stretch for a company, most likely not.  Second and most important, I have heard from someone and I don’t know how true this is, but it makes sense to me.  That medical insurance companies will give companies a discount off or the company portion when they hold programs like this.  Because the healthier their employees are the less money insurance companies have to pay out.  So in all reality it might save companies money or at least lessen their cost.

 Think the greatest prize here is the weight loss. Did you enter to win money or lose weight? You do this for yourself first and everything else second, if it is all about money people are going to do what they can for as long as they can to get the money. Anyone of the people in the contest could have joined mediastinal and lost 30+ pounds in 6 weeks. Your reward is the number on the scale and bragging rights. It’s not about money. So even 100 for first is a good deal. I think them doing it shows support and to me support is worth so much more than money when it comes to something like this

Your right Chari.  Weight loss is the greatest prize.  And even though I am not done on my journey, I am sure a lot of other people are.  Prize money unfortunately is a big motivator to a lot of people.  So The bigger the money, the more attraction.  My hope is that you get people hooked by the money and over the 12 weeks people develop good habits that stick.  My hope is that a real difference is being made.  And they have shown support and I hope it didn’t come off any other way.  When we raise our kids we use rewards to promote healthy behavior, that is what I am trying to do.  For me I am proud of where I came from and where I am going.  It is a competition and i get competitive and want to win, but in the end I know that this prize is only a piece of my journey.

I hope I have answered your comment and cleared things up.  I also look forward to many comments on which I can also do this.

and the journey continues…..

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4 Responses to And the Envelope please – Part 2

  1. shoedooo says:

    Congratulations on the weight loss. It’s amazing. I hope your company keeps inspiring its employees to maintain a healthier image. Also maybe you should send your suggestions to whoever coordinates the weight loss programs. I’m sure employee suggestions go a long way, companies tend to like feedback.

    • John says:

      Thank you for your comments. The guy (chris) who ran the program follows the blog, so I am sure he saw it. i told him I was going to write down my suggestions on the program.

  2. Sanne says:

    Hi John, I understand Chari’s objections, I think you should get people to particitpate for the right reasons, not for money! And I don’t think that you get better habits in 12 weeks, it’s like fasting. You don’t eat chocolate for 40 days and then you go on just like before. Maybe they shouldn’t give the participants money, but have a range of coupons to chose from (and of course for things that help to gain a healthier life style – maybe for several fitness centers, or a cooking course, or a little discount for sports clothing and such things). So the participants would have to use their prices for good things.
    Oh, and congrats on the second place – I forgot to write that on the other post!

    • John says:

      Sanne thank you for your comment. In a perfect world, your right it shouldn’t be about money. And I think your comment about chocolate is a good point. But after giving up soda for almost one year and then trying it, I did not like the taste of it anymore. Also it is said that it takes 30 ( it might actually be 20 something) days to form a habit. You do have good ideas and trust me, my way isn’t the only way, it is just me thinking out loud. Thank you again.

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