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.

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The Grassroots Approach to Employee Wellbeing—And Why it Works

By Chris Cutter Oct 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The ideal version of employee wellbeing looks something like this: You have an engaged, enthusiastic workforce where employees are excited to come to work and have plenty of strategies to maintain their physical and mental health. And most of us have launched employee wellbeing programs with that very expectation.

Unfortunately, we often find that reality is a stark contrast to our idealized vision. We don’t get the enrollment or engagement we’d hoped for, and we see our employees revert back to their old behaviors after trying but failing to make lasting changes.

In a recent webinar, I spoke about how to build a culture of wellbeing at your company. In this post, I’ll focus on one aspect of this discussion: the grassroots approach to employee wellbeing. Read on to learn why the grassroots approach is so effective and what this could mean for your own employee wellbeing program.

A New Paradigm for Approaching Mental Health in the Workplace

By Chris Cutter Sep 21, 2017 8:00:00 AM

If you have a stake in your employees’ health (and most HR, benefits, and people managers do), you’ve probably already realized that poor mental health among your employees is a massive and complex problem. And the larger your company, the more people who are likely affected by it (we’ll look at some numbers a bit later).

Poor mental health clearly comes at a tremendous cost to the employee who is suffering, but also to your company as well.

Yet because of the complexity of this topic, it can be challenging to address mental health issues in a timely and effective manner. In a recent webinar, we covered this topic in detail. If you'd like to dive right in, you can watch the on-demand recording here. In this post, we'll discuss the barriers to addressing mental health in the workplace and offer a new paradigm for overcoming these barriers.

Dispelling the Myths of Workplace Wellness Programs

By Chris Cutter Sep 14, 2017 8:00:00 AM

You’ve probably observed a disconnect between the ideal version of workplace “wellness” and the all-too-common reality. In the ideal version, you have an office full of motivated, healthy employees who participate in your programs and achieve lasting results. But if you’re like a lot of other benefits and HR leaders, your reality looks a little more like this: minimal enrollment, low participation, and few lasting results.

Why is there such a big discrepancy here? There are a number of myths circulating around workplace wellness programs, and the perpetuation of these myths is preventing employers from helping employees make lasting health improvements in their lives.

We discussed these myths, and explored the science-backed solutions to those myths in more detail in a recent webinar, but you can keep reading here for the quick overview.

In this post, we’ll uncover and dispel the four prevailing myths in the wellbeing and health industry that hold back the true potential of behavior change in your employee population. Some of the insights include: the role of information and knowledge in habit change, the time it takes to change a habit, the downside to social challenges, and whether distinct programs are necessary for specific types of habits.


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.

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