• Thu, Apr 19 2012

Now You Can See How Google Helps Its Employees Be Healthier AKA Eat Less

A few weeks ago we wrote about how Google is trying to curb it’s employees appetites with gentle health-based nudges even though they have delicious food everywhere. Their initiatives have resulted in a 9% drop in caloric intake from candy in just one week. And now we have an infographic published by Medicare Supplemental Insurance on Visual.ly Medicare that shows you how Google is getting its employees healthier AKA eating less.

According to Fast Company, an HR division at the company (dubbed “People Analytics”) has started putting up passive-aggressive signs in the cafeteria that say things like “taking a bigger plate will cause you to eat x-percent more,” and they claim that this has “nudged” more employees to take smaller plates. Wow, my mother and Google have more in common than I thought.

From the Fast Company article:

“In pursuit of that healthiness, happiness, and innovation, Google has turned to “nudges”: simple, subtle cues that prompt people to make better decisions. Behavioral economists have shown the idea works, but Google has taken it out of the lab and into the lunchroom. This is a sampling of the encouragement you’d get during trips through the company’s eateries–and naturally, Google is measuring the results.”

Check out the graphic for more tips from Google.

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Google Diet Infographic
Via: MSI

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  • fig

    It sounds like they implemented a lot of good suggestions. The only one that Im a little down on is the plate size poster. While its accurate, and its working, its a little passive aggressive. The other stuff? What I wouldn’t give to avoid seeing the Twix bars in the vending machine at work.

    My old job was just the worst – there was no healthy food in the vending machines, the closest restaurants were all fast food and there was nowhere but the bathroom sink to wash your utensils… which is pretty gross if you’re reusing a microwave safe bowl repeatedly at work to avoid nuking in plastic tupperware.
    I try to keep my house free of temptations the way it sounds like Google is trying to do with its workplace. I wish every place I worked cared as much about my health as I do… but I have yet to find one that even seems to care very much at all.

    Though my new job has an amazing cafeteria that sells big cups of fresh cut fruit for 2 bucks. Best work cafeteria Ive ever eaten at.

  • Steph

    More infographic trolling from a spam site. You really do a wonderful job vetting your sources, don’t you?