What if Your Boss Tracked Your Sleep, Diet, and Exercise?

What if Your Boss Tracked Your Sleep, Diet, and Exercise?

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““Sirens are going off in my head. There’s certainly the potential for abuse,” says Beth Givens, the director of Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a not-for-profit privacy advocate based in San Diego, explaining that employees shouldn’t use such a system unless there’s an “iron-clad” privacy statement that prevents the company from making HR decisions based on the health data.”

If nothing else, Citizen’s decision to explore health metrics to drive productivity and engagement demonstrates the company’s commitment to health and wellness, as well as data-driven decision making.  Currently only 10% (8 of 80 employees) have volunteered as guinea pigs for this program, still in its admittedly nascent stages.  Yet, this novel health tracking offering could reap great returns to the employer.  After all, healthy people are happy people and happy people get things done, right?

What do you think: do the potential benefits to the employer outweigh the legal headaches and privacy issues? 

 

 

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The Happiness Machine: How Google became such a great place to work.

The Happiness Machine: How Google became such a great place to work.

“…it would be a mistake to conclude that Google doles out such perks just to be nice. POPS rigorously monitors a slew of data about how employees respond to benefits, and it rarely throws money away. The five-month maternity leave plan, for instance, was a winner for the company. After it went into place, Google’s attrition rate for new mothers dropped down to the average rate for the rest of the firm…”

“Our mission is to have all people decisions be informed by data.”