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Stop Calling Your Employees Losers!


When the hit TV show Biggest Loser first air on NBC in 2004, everyone got inspired to get up and lose weight. It created a remarkable movement getting people thinking more about what they eat and how much they move. Even employees, employers, and HR specialists got on board, causing workplace wellness programs to evolve.

While the biggest loser challenges had their place, the question we need to ask ourselves is, “Are they still relevant in 2021?” While the intention to help motivate employees to become more active and eat healthier is genuine, it can also be insulting and downright offensive. What message do you send to your employees when you challenge them to lose weight? Ways this can be interpreted range from “okay, wow, you think I am fat?” “What? Is my BMI now a liability for the company” “rude of you to assume I need to lose weight”?

There is no doubt that if you walked straight up to an employee and told them they could stand...

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