Recent research on employee behavior by a company in Poland named Citizen has revealed that when your food habits and physical activity are under surveillance of your employer then such a regime is more successful. As part of this study, a project called Citizen Evolutionary Process Organism (CEPO) was launched by the company where voluntary participants were asked to track their food, exercise,workout programs and sleep routine. This was to be done on a daily basis and uploaded by the participant to a central interface.
The CEPO Program
The data and time sheets are analyzed by the software application on the server. The reports show how you have been managing time and getting things done as committed to yourself.
The application helps find out how these 3 basic things are affecting your work performance in particular and life in general. The purpose of this exercise is to show employees what affects their performance and how personal habits can be regulated to improve the quality of work.
How Feasible Is Such a Program
Designed by an employee of Citizen, CEPO is a project based on voluntary participation of employees. The company receives only that data which the employee wishes to disclose and has the liberty of taking it all back at the time of exit. The results of this study have been published in Wired, popular technology magazine.
Conventionally healthy habits are something that is done for personal well being. However, in the modern day world when work life balance has gone so haywire and handling stresses like hiring freezes and downsizing have taken over, getting healthy is not so much of a priority. This is actually having a negative effect on the work performance itself.
The personal data provided by the employee has in this study helped the company give positive feedback to the work force. The feasibility of such a program in a corporate scenario seems like a farfetched idea where employees do not feel safe enough to divulge their details to their boss, lest it should be used for some ulterior motives.