Having a job like a lawyer isn’t the healthiest thing in the world. Most of us are at a desk for 10-12 hours a day. You might have to walk to court, but even that is usually less than a mile roundtrip. On top of that, if you work in a big firm it’s usually someone’s birthday every day. That means all the cake, cookies, donuts, etc. that you could get your hands on. If you have will power then you can avoid eating that junk, but when you have two minutes to eat something in between calls or meetings, sometimes you find yourself having a cookie lunch.
Lots of firms institute wellness programs. Some offer help with quitting smoking. Others provide gym memberships. Some even provide healthy food. Lots of firms get teams together for sports like softball or basketball or 5k races. But one law firm (see: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130728/BIZ/307280044/Treadmill-desks-help-Taft-law-firm-get-fit-lower-benefit-program-costs?nclick_check=1) is taking this to a whole new level.
They are providing treadmill desks so you can walk while working. As someone who’s kind of a workout freak and a disgusting sweater, I actually think that it would make me less productive to do this because I’d be gross, smelly and distracted. I’d probably do better if they just gave me an hour to work out during the day. At the same time though, I’m mostly chained to my desk because if I don’t take your phone call, the next attorney will. I work out usually in the a.m. before work, but if I couldn’t do that then I’d likely be happy working out at my desk while I was “working.”
This firm is also bringing in healthy food and yoga instructors.
The biggest benefit to the firm aside from happy and healthy employees is that long term this can reduce their health care premiums.
My line of work doesn’t have me meeting with clients in the office too often, but I can only imagine some of the strange looks that go on at a big firm like that, especially when important clients are in the office..
I’ve always felt that anyone should be disciplined enough to eat right and workout, but different strokes for different folks. Law firms have certainly come a long way from my first day on the job when my boss was smoking in his office and most days there were huge lunches being served.
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