Weight Loss Work Competitions Vent!

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@meke:  Huh? I’m not understanding what your frustration is with the way they’re running things for this second competition…

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@meke:  for the weight loss competition do they do it based on lbs, or percentage of bodywieght lost. If it’s based just on lbs, that’s kinda bullshit

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@allyouneedislove:  seems pretty straight forward. Her reward for being the most active was worth about $20. The winners of the weight loss competition will get between $50 and $200.

@meke:  Have you expressed your concerns to whomever is in charge of these events?

Sometimes employers have larger budgets and are able to offer better prizes.

Often employers are trying to do the right thing but simply can’t look at it from all angles.

Is there a committee where employees can particpate? Have you volunteered?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

That BLOWS! But I get why they’re doing it that way (even though it stinks because you’re basically guaranteed not to win).

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@meke:  I would still send them your feedback. You can do it in a polite way.

These competitions are designed to prod employees into making healthier life choices, so the company saves money on things like sick time, loss of productivity, cost of benefits etc, but they don’t reward the people who already do this on a regular basis.

Could you propose that next time the prize money be split evenly between two competitions- one for those making positive changes and one for those with an ongoing commitment to fitness? You could get one entry for every day that you engage in a fitness related activity.

That way the empoyer gets what they want, and all the employees can participate.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think these things are TOTALLY unfair for the people in the office who are already small/fit…I’m sorry I don’t want to lose 10lbs so I don’t even get a chance to win the $100.

same with the smoking competitions and getting allotted amount if money for quitting. I never smoked. Maybe I should automatically get the money for taking care of myself from the beginning. 

 

Lol sorry for the rant but seriously. It’s so dumb. My clinic does it every couple months. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@meke:  I DO feel kinda happy because we had the smoke break thing as well and next year if you are a smoker they are taking $150 out of your pay check. my friends/coworkers are super pissed about this because they all smoke but honestly as nurses and knowing the effects I can’t feel bad for them hahaha 

im all for people getting healthy and losing weight or quitting smoking but it’s really sad that they are doing it for these reason instead of for themselves! 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@meke:  One of my friends has since quit and moved on, but her boss smoked constantly.  Every time she got up for a smoke break, my friend got up for a non-smoking break and walked out to the end of the sidewalk and back while her boss smoked a cig.  How can you complain about that? (as the boss) 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Think of it this way… if you don’t have any weight to lose, you’ve already won 🙂

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@meke:  I don’t like the idea of a work weight loss competition at all.  What if someone has been told to try to gain some weight?

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

That’s not fair! And her comment that it wasn’t fair that you won is rude! Just because you make the right choices doesn’t mean you have to be excluded from everything.

I don’t think these things really work, we have one every year and most people who lose significant weight gain it back after the competition including the female winner.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@mu_t:  +1 exactly my reaction… it’s great that you’re already active, OP… now let this be a motivator for people who need to make a major lifestyle change, not people like you who will continue to live an active lifestyle with a competition or not :).

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