Chris Cutter

Chris' career-long passion has been to create effective behavior change ventures that scale fast enough to curb the preventable health epidemics of our age. In his role as Founder & CEO of LifeDojo, he sets the strategy and vision for the company, while ensuring every element of LifeDojo combines the power of behavior science, entertainment and technology.

Recent Posts

How to Harness the Underutilized Power of Intrinsic Motivation

By Chris Cutter Mar 22, 2016 6:07:00 AM

If you’ve ever been offered a bonus for hitting a certain number of sales or promised yourself a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream for sweating on the StairMaster, you understand the power of extrinsic motivation.

Using an external reward to promote a desired behavior works well for getting people to try something new or complete a one-off task. But it definitely has its limitations.

Take corporate wellness programs, for instance. Most are structured to provide incentives that encourage participation. If employees visit the gym a certain number of times per month or walk 10,000 steps a day, they’re rewarded with cash bonuses, gift cards, or other prizes.

On the surface, this is a smart investment for employers. Done right, workplace health programs result in increased productivity, diminished healthcare costs, and lower absenteeism. Plus, research shows that exercise supports the creation of new brain cells and can even activate parts of the brain responsible for memory retention.

It’s not easy to get great ROI from a corporate wellbeing program, but the first step in that direction is getting people engaged. Before you invest all those dollars in rewards, make sure you’re not relying too much on extrinsic motivation and ignoring the hidden power of intrinsic motivation.

To Be Effective, Wellness Programs Should Be Inclusive

By Chris Cutter Nov 4, 2015 7:35:00 AM

This article originally appeared in SHRM Benefits blog.

Stress: The Badge of Honor That’s Harming Your Staff

By Chris Cutter Oct 15, 2015 10:18:54 AM

This article was originally published in Talent Zoo.

If you were to ask employees anywhere on the globe whether or not they enjoy being stressed, chances are pretty good you would get a hard “no” across the board. Even if they were to ignore the various studies pointing to the negative effects of stress on the body, you could still probably boil most people’s answers down to a simple “stress sucks.”

The Threat That May Be Stunting the Success of Your Wellness Program

By Chris Cutter Sep 25, 2015 6:04:00 AM

You’ve developed your wellness program rollout plan, sent out the emails, and put up the posters to promote it. Your wellness program is finally off the ground and running — with one problem. No matter how great your program offering is, you sadly may still end up being met with minimal sign-ups and a low participation rate. What could possibly be missing?

Don’t Get Duped: How to Navigate Diet Science

By Chris Cutter Sep 10, 2015 4:52:55 PM

This article was originally published in Bright Hub.

Do you have friends who bounce from fad diet to fad diet but rarely see results? Most of us do. Sometimes, it’s hard to blame them — especially when the media makes it difficult for us to separate the tried-and-true eating habits from the fly-by-night fads.

Is Your Wellness Program a Slave to Fads or Backed by Science?

By Chris Cutter Sep 2, 2015 10:56:23 AM

This article was originally published in Entrepreneur.

The 3-step process for creating better habits across your team

By Chris Cutter Aug 20, 2015 12:02:17 PM

This article was originally published in SmartBlog on Leadership.


As a leader, it’s your job to ensure you’re always pushing your employees to form positive workplace habits. But like any ingrained routine, it takes more than motivation for it to truly sink in. Even the most promising change can fizz out if it’s not repeated on a daily basis.

Wellness Programs: The Importance of Focusing on More Than Just Engagement

By Chris Cutter Aug 6, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Nearly 80 percent of employers offer some form of wellness program, according to a 2015 Business Wire survey. And for good reason: An effective program provides a slew of benefits, from increased employee productivity and morale to a better healthcare bottom line.

But with so much conflicting information surrounding employee wellness programs, it’s easy to implement a program that doesn’t address the health issues you’re passionate about or generate the ROI your business needs.

Unfortunately, this is a growing problem in the corporate world. As wellness spending skyrockets, employers are beginning to ask whether all of that money is delivering the results they’re looking for. And as business leaders search for an answer, one thing has become clear: A wellness program that isn’t rooted in long-term behavioral change won’t deliver the results you want.

This Is Where Your Employees Are Looking to Improve Their Health (and It’s Not Pretty)

By Chris Cutter Aug 5, 2015 9:30:00 AM

As an employer, you have a vested interest in the quality of your employees’ health. Healthy employees are in the office more often, they’re more productive, and they’re less stressed. Highly stressed employees, on the other hand, take almost twice as many sick days per year.

When It Comes to Corporate Wellness, Real ROI Stems From Behavioral Changes

By Chris Cutter Jul 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM

This article was originally published in Business2Community.

Ask any office worker who’s suddenly become tethered to her Fitbit, and she’ll tell you that corporate wellness programs are all the rage right now.


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