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Almost unanimously, the reaction last week outside at an HR-focused networking event in Lexington was, “wow, I love it!” They were talking about Bikebus, which is a standard commuter-class bus with most of the seats removed to make room for eight stationary bicycles.
One of the complaints levied against wellness programs is that companies are asking for too much information, and via devices that track sleep, movement, and other data, are in a position to know even more.
It’s a violation of privacy, the faulters fume, and it is, at least, a loss of privacy. It’s only a violation if one is required to use such a device, or is coerced into “choosing” to.
In this overpaced, overscheduled, over-expectational world, would you be willing to invest 30 minutes if you could gain a couple of hours of productivity?
That’s one of the questions Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce posed during his main-stage address at his company’s Thrive Summit 2015 this morning. He was talking about exercise: 70 percent of people don’t get the recommended 30 minutes a day, and the lack leads to 23 percent decline in cognitive ability for the rest of the day, he said.
In the most recent post, we were enjoying author Andre Spicer’s interview with a very sympathetic editor at Harvard Business Review. Spicer is co-author of “The Wellness Syndrome,” a run-of-the-mill dog-bites-man tale that argues that corporate wellness programs not only don’t help, they harm.
I saved his last answer for this post. It is:
Academics Andre Spicer and Carl Cederstrom have made a splash with their book “The Wellness Syndrome,” which posits that corporate wellness programs not only aren’t good, they’re bad for health and morale.
Firebrand Al Lewis is relentlessly snide in his prosecution of corporate wellness in the public dock. His blog posts refer to the “self-described experts” of the “wellness ignorati” who produced a report he picks on, and then mocks a critic who says that calling people ignorant and liars is bullying.
Authors Al Lewis (left), Andre Spicer, and Carl Cederstrom have been getting lots of mileage tearing down the notion of corporate wellness. Having not heard enough in reply to balance their broadsides, I’m writing one.