“Take the stairs instead of the lift” is one of the most familiar pieces of advice to anyone trying to lose weight or improve their general fitness. It’s a fine individual goal, but should it be corporate policy?
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An exhibition centre I visited recently boasted (on a poster near the urinal, no less) that it had adopted a regular day each week where staff were asked to always use stairs rather than take the lift. The motivation wasn’t staff fitness, but to demonstrate the company’s green credentials by reducing its electricity usage. It’s a fair bet that the lift ban doesn’t happen on a set-up day for a major exhibition, but it’s still an interesting concept.
Now, far be it from me to knock either reduced electricity use or healthier workers (which would doubtless be a motive in the insurance-obsessed USA). Nonetheless, there’s part of me that thinks setting this kind of goal as corporate policy might be counter-productive in some circumstances (“I work hard enough for this company without climbing six flights of stairs,” said the office grouch).
Does your workplace have similar rules? Is it a good idea or a nasty case of greenwash? Tell all in the comments.