Corporate America, listen closely! Can you hear that sound? It’s the whoosh, thump, whoosh, thump, whoosh. It’s the pounding of feet on the two-ply treadbelt as it comes speeding around again and again. Wait! What’s it doing here, in Corporate America? Your employer is going to make you healthy, darn it–like it or not!
Now, don’t say you have no idea what I’m talking about. Haven’t you been reading our blog? We’ve talked about employers’ sheer determination to fight the battle of the bulge, whether employees like it or not. We’ve talked about how many employers cite the rising costs of health care as the motivator for companies to implement wellness programs of every shape and size. Employers have might even be getting pushy about their employees’ health. (Even to the point that some have begun to regulate what their employees’ are scarfing down at meals).
And do these wellness programs actually work? Some say yes, without a doubt. Others say that wellness programs are running out of steam as more and more workers abandon their diet and exercise programs. So, what is an employer who cares about its employees do to help them to learn to value a healthy, active lifestyle?
We posted about these walk-your-workday-away-machines back in March, at which time they were still more fantasy than reality. But the collaborative news hounds of everything work-from-home related at Web Worker Daily, have an update. They report that Steelcase, the well-known manufacturer of office furniture, filing cabinets, and the like, has officially introduced the Walkstation to cubicle workers across the country. From Web Worker:
Based on the idea that you can burn enough calories to make a difference, even if you don’t work up a sweat, the Walkstation marries an adjustable-height desk and monitor arm with a low-speed treadmill
There are plenty of other bells and whistles here, including a magnetic sensor that automatically stops the treadmill should you be carried away from your desk, and an optional convertible model that lets you switch from office chair to treadmill at the touch of a button. The drawback? Cost, mainly: buying one of these will set you back $4300.
If it’s of any comfort, I am fairly competent that most employers won’t be jumping at the idea of this size investment–especially after the first time the news reports that an employee was whisked right off of the Workstation, sustaining serious injuries and filing suit against her employer.