05/02/13

#5stars: Fit, Healthy, Happy Employees

At Sisarina, we’re all about happiness at work.

It’s true: we do what we can to encourage each other, make sure we have a productive office, and have fun at the same time. And the really cool thing is that people outside of our office notice our enthusiasm for what we do. Enthusiasm and positivity is our favorite part of the Sisarina brand.

One area that’s super important to happiness is health.  It’s a proven fact that people who exercise are happier, experience less stress, and are more productive. To help keep the Sisarina girls and boys happy, we’ve focus on making sure everyone is healthy. We provide healthy snacks in the office, make a daily office lunch, and even tweet reminders to drink water!

One new program that we’ve put into place in 2013 is #5stars (because who doesn’t love a gold star!). Here’s the idea:

  • Each employee is challenged to doing 30 minutes of exercise 5 days a week. This can be anything from a 30 minutes walk with the dog to a trip to the gym to a yoga class. The goal is to get active.
  • At the end of week, if the employee has done their 5 days of 30 minutes of exercise, they get a star, which is the equivalent to $5.
  • If, at the end of the month, there are 4 weeks of stars for every employee, each employee is rewarded with a $25 gift certificate. ($20 for the four weeks plus a $5 bonus.)

Here’s the catch: if one employee misses a week of earning their stars, then that $25 total is decreased by $5. This encourages us all to participate because who wants to let down their coworkers who are working so hard?

So far, we’ve had three months of all Sisarina staffers earning #5stars with gift certificates to Starbucks, Whole Foods and Target.

Personally, this incentive program has kicked my personal training goals into high gear. For those of you know me personally, you know I’m always signing up for another half-marathon or taking my horse to a show in the DMV area. But, despite my natural tendencies to be active, sometimes after a hard day’s work, I just want to go home, sit on the couch with my pups, and sip some wine. With the encouragement of my amazing Sisarina coworkers, my attitude has changed – and even if I have the attitude of “no, I don’t wanna” after work, I just think of my coworkers who are relying on me to hold up my end of the deal, and I slip on my running shoes and go run – for at least 30 minutes.

Does your office incentivize your employees to be healthy? In what way?