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.

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.

How to Maximize the ROI of Your Company’s Wellness Program

By Chris Cutter Jul 8, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Business is all about results, and wellness programs are no different. If you’re one of the 90 percent of employers who offer wellness incentives, you probably want to ensure your company’s efforts are actually paying off. 

And there’s more to measuring the ROI than just checking the bottom line.

Topics: wellness, ROI

Ready, aim, prepare, shoot! 4 steps to wellness that works

By Chris Cutter Jun 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM


In today’s always-on business world, it’s harder than ever for employees to devote time to health and wellness. More and more companies are looking for creative ways to promote the well-being of their workers, but some are hesitant to adopt wellness programs for a few surprising reasons.

Meditation and yoga - too New Age for your employees? 6 top CEOs who disagree

By Irene Malatesta Jan 23, 2015 3:26:00 PM


Meditation and yoga might conjure an image of far-Eastern monks, sitting cross-legged and chanting on a remote mountaintop. Perhaps these practices even seem like self-involved and indulgent wastes of time, something for hippies, not professionals or busy executives. These are common misconceptions, but the truth is a lot more interesting.

The exciting truth is that yoga and meditation are scientifically proven to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increase brain functioning and even creativity. Mindfulness meditation exercises may even slow Alzheimer’s, reduce tobacco cravings, and, according to recent analysis by Johns Hopkins University, help treat depression and anxiety.

It should come as no surprise, then, that some of the world’s top business leaders are making use of these practices in order to function at their peak. Some, like Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, and SalesForce CEO Marc Benioff, have gone out of their way to spread the mind and body wellness benefits of mindfulness practices to their thousands of employees.

Here are 6 business leaders who make meditation part of their to-do list, after the jump.



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