Video: Clever Company Gives Healthy Employees Extra Days Off

A California company offers extra days off and even iPods to employees that eat fruit, take the stairs, and adopt other healthy behaviors.


Want a vacation? Take the stairs to your office. WSJ video today shows a company in California that gives employees vacation days for healthy behavior.

Workers can earn up to two paid days off for eating well and taking part in challenges like eating five fruits a day, drinking eight glasses of water, and taking the stairs. Employees also log points for going to the dentist and volunteering and getting physicals.

The company is hoping to lower health care costs, something that Johnson & Johnson has been doing since the eighties. Their focus on health and wellness has helped reduce per capita health plan costs by $400 per employee while improving employee health and productivity.