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(Kare11)   Dairy Queen installs treadmill employee work stations in corporate headquarters: "it really helps you get through those more tedious tasks"   (kare11.com) divider line 47
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2013-06-27 12:33:28 AM  
Seems to me corporate HQ, dozens of miles from those tasty yet fatty menu offerings, isn't where the treadmills are needed.

How about using treadmill power to run the cash registers, fryers, grills, etc?  Profit margin dips a bit, fat margin shrinks a lot.

/ mexicans
// ya, dirty unwashed wetbacks in the back room running to freedom
/// murica
 
2013-06-27 01:26:33 AM  

Snotnose: Seems to me corporate HQ, dozens of miles from those tasty yet fatty menu offerings, isn't where the treadmills are needed.


I'll bet that exactly where they're needed. They don't call 'em "fat cats" for nothing.
 
2013-06-27 05:17:50 AM  
What, exactly, are the less tedious tasks at DQ corporate headquarters?
 
2013-06-27 05:19:47 AM  
WTF?

 Why are there not generators hooked up to these things? Make some damn electricity while yer at it you lazy minions!
 
2013-06-27 05:29:54 AM  
encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com

/got to wear what the Dairy Queen give her.
 
2013-06-27 05:33:51 AM  
Just add a feeding tube that dispenses liquid nutrients and the big wigs dream of putting us in gerbil cages and running us as the stupid pets they think we are will be complete.
 
2013-06-27 06:07:13 AM  
Dumbest product of 2013? Has to be in the running (heh)
 
2013-06-27 06:07:38 AM  
I'd love this at the office. I do mindless work for hours and this would be awesome.
 
2013-06-27 06:13:28 AM  
Jesus fark. They are literally making their office workers into gerbils. What's next, bicycles connected to generators, forcing the office workers to power their own building?

You'll never see that worthless MBA having manager pedaling, but he will sure biatch if your KWH isn't high enough. Dickhead.
 
2013-06-27 07:34:10 AM  
Well, I guess their insurance company has to do something to offset the soft-serve dispensers in the break rooms.
 
2013-06-27 07:37:45 AM  
If you burn off what you eat, eat what you want.


/not doing a stellar job of that
//STELLAR!!
///sorry, wrong play.
////fourth degree slashies.
 
2013-06-27 07:37:46 AM  

Deece: What, exactly, are the less tedious tasks at DQ corporate headquarters?


Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays.
 
2013-06-27 07:41:08 AM  
I don't get the rage.  This is a benefit.  That's obviously not their regular desk.  I assume that it's mandatory to spend eight hours walking in the thing.  As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure that nobody has to use them at all if they don't want to.

The company is looking for ways to give their employees opportunities to get/stay fit.  They spent a bunch of money to put a room together, install showers and buy these treadmills.

Some people will complain about anything.
 
2013-06-27 07:47:04 AM  
Fark.

I assume that it's *not* mandatory.
 
2013-06-27 07:51:50 AM  

mike_d85: I'd love this at the office. I do mindless work for hours and this would be awesome.


Seriously. I'd love to do something productive for my own body while my mind is doing meaningless corporate crap.
 
2013-06-27 07:52:39 AM  
I would love it if my place of work put in a gym here. I'd work out every day.
 
2013-06-27 08:04:30 AM  
The fools. An exercise bike with a well-geared power take off unit and say goodbye to electrified Blizzard mixers forever!
 
2013-06-27 08:22:06 AM  
Damn, I want one of those.  I work on the computer for up to 18 hours a day.  I've got things set up so I can sit or stand, but I still lose time having to go outside for a walk around the block every few hours.  An elliptical would be even better.
 
2013-06-27 08:24:42 AM  
www.bloomberg.com

COM'ON BOYS!!  THE JOB CREATORS ARE HIRING!!!!
 
2013-06-27 08:26:33 AM  
Or, to put it another way...

andreas.oszkiel.com
 
2013-06-27 08:27:31 AM  
I would so use one of those if I could get them at my workplace. I wouldn't call my work mindless or tedious, but it doesn't provide much exercise, and this would be a great way to fit some into my day.
 
2013-06-27 08:29:16 AM  
Chick on the right, while a mute would look cute if she didn't look so intense
 
2013-06-27 08:36:02 AM  
Dairy Queen makes employees fit while they make America fat.
 
2013-06-27 08:40:01 AM  
I use it for a DQ Dude. Mmmm, DQ Dude . . . .
 
2013-06-27 08:46:56 AM  
It would be a change from the mundane job I do every day. Sitting all day and proofreading is boring as fark.
 
2013-06-27 08:52:20 AM  
ExxonMobil offers these kinds of desks (along with ones that adjust to standing height so that you're not always sitting) and will provide you balance balls if requested

They do it to encourage their employees to get some form of exercise and they're not mandatory. But they offer incentives for people to meet health milestones (which are employee specific).

Yes this also helps them save money on health benefits BUT if you can reduce your plan costs by offering these types of perks you make your employees happy by increasing their take home pay as the health plan costs continue to decline

Plus everyone loves the pedometer challenge and the stupid little trinkets you get for making even the most basic effort towards improving your health. Which boosts employee morale and improves worker efficiency and output.
 
2013-06-27 08:58:56 AM  
I wish my company would do something similar. Walking while reading patents, etc. would help keep me from falling asleep. Sadly, such proposals, along with those for standing desks or balance balls for chairs, are shot down due to safety concerns.

Then again, someone did manage to start a fire in only our second day at our new facility, so maybe management is on to something.
 
2013-06-27 09:06:58 AM  

Compact Travel Size: alking while reading patents, etc. would help keep me from falling asleep. Sadly, such proposals, along with those for standing desks or balance balls for chairs, are shot down due to safety concerns.

Then again, someone did manage to start a fire in only our second day at our new facility, so maybe ma


Came here to say this.  My back seems to get worse every year from cube-sitting on a daily basis.  The ability to move around for a little while each day while still getting work done would be a welcome change of pace.
 
2013-06-27 09:17:04 AM  
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2013-06-27 09:17:40 AM  
As far as corporate ideas go, this one isn't terrible.  I work in an environment where I can take a break and walk around the block if I want to, but not everyone is allowed to do that.
 
2013-06-27 09:36:23 AM  
Do these include shower breaks...because if I'm going to run for 8 hours in a business suit, I think I will need to freshen up a couple times a day.
 
2013-06-27 09:42:00 AM  

Olympus Mons: Do these include shower breaks...because if I'm going to run for 8 hours in a business suit, I think I will need to freshen up a couple times a day.


You don't need a shower just do what we used to do for camping, one pour soap and water into a container about 3/4 full. Two wait for the soap and water to settle a bit. Three freeze the mixture. When needed and extremely hot pull out the ice shower and enjoy a refreshing, quick shower.
 
2013-06-27 10:29:57 AM  

Dougie AXP: ExxonMobil offers these kinds of desks (along with ones that adjust to standing height so that you're not always sitting) and will provide you balance balls if requested


And, yet:

www.salem-news.com


Seriously, though, this is an excellent idea. Even if you just set the treadmill to 0.2 MPH or something while you work, you're at least moving a little rather than sitting on your ass all day.
 
2013-06-27 11:04:27 AM  
I'd *love* to have this at my office. Sitting in a desk for 8-10 hours a day kinda makes you fat.

If they were smart enough to hook a generator up to it, I'd be even happier. -Hell I was going to make that product myself a few years back, but didn't think I could break into that market.
 
2013-06-27 11:06:42 AM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Dougie AXP: ExxonMobil offers these kinds of desks (along with ones that adjust to standing height so that you're not always sitting) and will provide you balance balls if requested

And, yet:




Seriously, though, this is an excellent idea. Even if you just set the treadmill to 0.2 MPH or something while you work, you're at least moving a little rather than sitting on your ass all day.


It should be noted that the health initiative was pushed AFTER that turkey neck retired.

The current CEO, Rex Tillerson, is in much better health/shape then good ol' boy Lee Raymond was.

And c'mon now. Lee's been gone for almost 10 years now. He's also lost a ton of weight too.
 
2013-06-27 11:07:30 AM  
They give out free Dilly Bars at their headquarters.
 
2013-06-27 11:13:43 AM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Seriously, though, this is an excellent idea. Even if you just set the treadmill to 0.2 MPH or something while you work, you're at least moving a little rather than sitting on your ass all day.


That's generally how it works. You walk very slowly, but you're upright and you're moving. Over eight hours, that can work a surprising amount.

Gabrielmot: If they were smart enough to hook a generator up to it, I'd be even happier. -Hell I was going to make that product myself a few years back, but didn't think I could break into that market.


Unfortunately, a typical treadmill-desk scenario wouldn't generate enough electricity to do very much. To keep going for a whole workday, you have to go very slowly. You might be able to power a small lightbulb, but not much more than that.
 
2013-06-27 11:17:04 AM  
How about having less tedious tasks?  Naw, that's crazy talk.
 
2013-06-27 12:22:02 PM  

neongoats: Jesus fark. They are literally making their office workers into gerbils. What's next, bicycles connected to generators, forcing the office workers to power their own building?

You'll never see that worthless MBA having manager pedaling, but he will sure biatch if your KWH isn't high enough. Dickhead.


Tru dat. I like the CONCEPT of these workstation treadmills, but the idea of a manager recording the output, publicly ranking it against my "peers," and bullying the employees to improve their numbers makes me want to go full-on Communist.
 
2013-06-27 01:30:01 PM  

j.lunatic: neongoats: Jesus fark. They are literally making their office workers into gerbils. What's next, bicycles connected to generators, forcing the office workers to power their own building?

You'll never see that worthless MBA having manager pedaling, but he will sure biatch if your KWH isn't high enough. Dickhead.

Tru dat. I like the CONCEPT of these workstation treadmills, but the idea of a manager recording the output, publicly ranking it against my "peers," and bullying the employees to improve their numbers makes me want to go full-on Communist.


Hey, look man, if you aren't meeting your KPI's that's your problem.  You'll just have to work extra hard to catch up to the rest of the team.
 
2013-06-27 02:35:43 PM  
Nothing worse than the corporate headquarters of a company. I remember running a Waldenbooks once and the corporate twits would constantly whine they had no money to give me employee hours or new fixtures or silly things like inventory but they always liked to brag when they got a new swimming pool or tennis court at the HQ. Farkin' iceholes.
 
2013-06-27 03:52:49 PM  
now, knowing how our corporate friends operate, they'll be funneling the electricity generated by said treatmills to power the PC's and fatten the brass pockets just a little bit more...........

you really have to max out your employee's usefullness to profit in this tough business we're in...........(as they're handing out free money during their Christmas party to their brass hogs)
 
2013-06-27 04:10:12 PM  
More imporantly, the smores Blizzard. YES.
 
2013-06-27 08:01:20 PM  

Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Seriously, though, this is an excellent idea. Even if you just set the treadmill to 0.2 MPH or something while you work, you're at least moving a little rather than sitting on your ass all day.


And look completely silly doing it.  Same for those damn balls.  Just stop it people and hit the gym once in a while.
 
2013-06-27 09:04:17 PM  

gingerjet: Spadababababababa Spadina Bus: Seriously, though, this is an excellent idea. Even if you just set the treadmill to 0.2 MPH or something while you work, you're at least moving a little rather than sitting on your ass all day.

And look completely silly doing it.  Same for those damn balls.  Just stop it people and hit the gym once in a while.


Maybe so, but you'll look a lot sillier dying of a heart attack.
 
2013-06-28 12:02:32 AM  
i.imgur.com

Nothing new about them at all. GE has had them for years.
 
2013-06-28 09:35:41 AM  

Linux_Yes: now, knowing how our corporate friends operate, they'll be funneling the electricity generated by said treatmills to power the PC's and fatten the brass pockets just a little bit more...........


Doubtful. Non-powered treadmills are actually quite taxing to use, because it's not just about making walking motions: you have to actually push the treadmill along. For a workout, that's not so bad (some would even call it desirable), but you're not going to make it through a full workday on one of those.

More realistic is to use a powered treadmill, which gets you back closer to something simulating an actual walk, sets a good pace, and gives a disincentive to stop: even if you do, the treadmill won't. But that kind of treadmill consumes more electricity than the employee would generate by walking. You couldn't hook something like that up to another machine to power it.
 
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