Now listen to part of a lecture on the topic you just read about.
Right here at the outset let me say that this incentive plan is NOT a bad idea. But you should be careful not to let expectations get too high. Before I turned to teaching, I was involved in international business, mostly in Europe. A lot of companies tried these schemes there, but the results were not as good as the companies had expected. And we will touch on these in the lecture today.
First, quitting smoking and losing weight are two favorite hobbies among modern people. They’re worthy aims. But, let’s face it. Most people who quit smoking start again within a year. And most people who lose weight gain it back quickly. So such benefits derived from the incentive program are most likely not permanent.
Second, rewarding people for being healthy is unfair. I mean think about it. Some people are just naturally overweight, or at least heavy. The incentive can actually hurt their health as they try hard to lose weight. Genetics is genetics: we can’t force everyone to be slim. Besides, do we really want to offer people who do not live healthy lifestyles shorter vacations? Of course not! They have kids and families to take care of like the rest of us.
Last of all, plans like this ignore the reality of modern business. In the U.S., the average worker changes jobs fairly often. Many people change their jobs every few years. That means that the company will not benefit from its healthier workforce: that workforce is changing jobs and thecompany is constantly educating new workers. The same holds for the workers: they will adapt to the new company’s culture, and their health gains may turn out to be temporary indeed. So while these incentive plans sound good, their actual results are just plain inconsistent.
【笔记转述】The professor puts forth the idea that the incentive program will not work.
【笔记转述】The benefits from the implementation of the incentive program will not last long.
【原文摘要】unfair →naturally ↑weight
genetics →×force →slim
×short vacation ∵kids & families
【笔记转述】The incentive plan is unfair to those who are naturally overweight. They have difficulty keeping slim due to their genetics. Moreover, the company cannot fairly shorten their vacation as many of them have kids and families to look after.
【原文摘要】change jobs often
【笔记转述】People now change jobs very frequently, and the healthy lifestyle that forms in the former company is probably only temporary. Thus any benefits to the company will quickly disappear.