Rewarding Lessons from the Business World

Companies spend millions – if not billions – of dollars every year to fund employee incentive and reward programs. Everyone from Alcoa to Zenith. Of course, they wouldn’t spend one cent if they didn’t think that rewards produced results.

Businesspeople know that, ultimately, rewards are an investment that will benefit the company just as much as its employees. You can apply this thinking to your weight loss goals. If you want results, you can make rewards work for you by paying attention to the same reward principles that work for the results-hungry world of business.


... Often, with a variety of options
– Raises, promotions, yearly bonuses, sales commissions, verbal praise, personal recognition, awards, and even special parking spaces are used to tell employees that they’re doing a good job. While you’re pursuing your weight loss goals, keep rewards constantly in play, always keeping things new and fresh.

... With things that are important to people – People respond best to rewards that matter to them. You can choose your own reward too; make sure that you really care about getting it, and are willing to do whatever it takes.

... Measurable performance and results – Employees usually know exactly how to earn rewards, so they’ll know how to do it again. In fact, not knowing which actions or results rewards are tied to can actually be de-motivating. Reinforce specific actions of your own with specific rewards. Reward good behavior!

... Sometimes just for the heck of it – In an exception to the strategy above, it’s important to show appreciation through rewards that just say ‘thanks!’ and build morale. Remind yourself how wonderful you are and give yourself a pat on the back for no reason. Show appreciation for your good efforts and do something nice for yourself.

... Friendly competition – Whether beating each other’s records or personal bests, people respond to a challenge. Challenge yourself to keep doing just a little better all the time, and reward each step up.

... In a fun way – With big rewards, businesses usually make a fuss. Ceremonies, trophies, announcements (even balloons!!). Why not have some fun with your rewards and make a big deal over them? Enjoy yourself so much that you’ll want to do it all over again.

... Loyalty and longevity – Smart companies reward employees that stick around through tough times and make a long career of it. Reward your own consistency and dedication with regularly scheduled rewards.

... Actions tied to company goals – Actions that earn rewards are also actions that move the company closer to its stated goals. Make sure that the rewards you promise yourself are tied to things that will actually help you lose weight, not just actions that you know you can do.

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Health and wellness programs at work are a big game changer Report
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I've challenged some of my Sparkfriends and they didn't even know it! It's been rewarding for me, even to challenge myself. I've become a better person because of it! I can also see growth and determination in my SparkFriends as well. Keep up the good work. Report
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happy employees are healthy employees and productive! Report
great article and reminder to stick to my goals by rewarding myself Report
This is a great reminder to me to set SPECIFIC goals! Thanks! Report
Funny I should read this today, Friday on the drive home from work I was thinking of ways to reward my efforts at weight loss with the spark people and thought I'd put £1.00 in a jar for every day I meet all my goals which can only be spent on pampering myself with pedicures etc, which help with relaxation and feeling special. Report
My company is doing a wellness program. We have a friendly competition with a point system, like you get so many points for participating in a 3k walk or 5k run... or for meeting our wait loss or medical goals like lowering your cholesterol by so many points. Whoever wins the competition gets half off their insurance premiums for a year, or an equivalent amount towards a gym membership. I love this program because it is a great way to get everyone healthy AND being the accountant that I am, it also lowers our health insurance costs as a company! Report


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Mike Kramer
Mike Kramer
As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.