Clif Bar’s CEO Doesn’t Want His Employees To Be Big Fat Fatties, Pays Them To Workout

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The benefits of personal fitness are vast. You feel better, look better, your complexion is not that of a dead fish, you sleep better, have better sex, live longer, and you aren’t a burden on your employer. Unhealthy employees raise healthcare costs, miss more work due to sick days and cost companies big time bucks in the long term.

Rather than treat his employees like human garbage and expect them to stay (or get) healthy on their own dime, Clif Bar’s CEO and noted health nut, Kevin Cleary pays his employees to workout. Every single employee at Clif is allotted two and a half hours each week to work out while they’re at work, giving Clif’s desk jockeys plenty of time for Netflix and Monday Night Football when they get home, or, you know, their family or whatever. In an interview, Cleary talked about the company’s simple incentive program:

“We have a great gym. We encourage everyone to get out and exercise.


“It’s a good example for me to set for people at the company. There’s a lot of times I’ll go out for a run then I’ll walk back through the company; and I’m going to a meeting and I’m still sweating, because I’m squeezing the workout in.”

Not only does Cleary want his employees to be healthy, he’s absolutely insane when it comes to his own fitness. He bikes 25 miles to work multiple times a week and runs 20 miles a week. He’s also the best boss ever when it comes to his policy on email.

“I don’t send out emails at night. I don’t send them out on the weekend. I may do work, but I won’t send out an email,” Cleary said. “I don’t want to set the expectation that people should be working at 7 or 8 at night. I get home at 6:30. I put the phone in my home office. I leave it there, then I’m just dedicated to my kids.”

Now, there’s only one question: Are y’all hiring? Also, what’s the deal with Blueberry Crisp? Why is that still a thing?

[via ABC News]

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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