People make the decision to be active – or not – for a variety of reasons. Jordan Cieciwa, a kinesiologist, workplace wellness consultant and founder of One Fit City, says this spectrum of motivations means any workplace that wants to be healthier first needs to get creative.
“We have trouble reaching the people who need it most,” said Cieciwa, “It’s easy to motivate competitive people, but not everyone is motivated by challenges.”
Generally, there are two primary types of motivation – Intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic is internal. These people are motivated by their values and personal goals. They’re encouraged by their own development. Intrinsics might like to host group walks to build in a social component while staying focussed on an activity they enjoy.
Extrinsic is, you guessed it, external. These people are motivated by awards, cheering, and being acknowledged. Extrinsics might like to join a company-wide challenge where winning will come with a prize.
Most people fall somewhere between these two extremes on the spectrum, so it’s good to have a variety of incentives to promote participation in activities. A leaderboard might be useful for many motivation types. It helps Intrinsics to set and gauge their personal goals. And, for Extrinsics, it can give them recognition.
Here are some nudge ideas for your workplace:
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