Some companies in the United States have developed "wellness" programs that give rewards or incentives to employees for achieving certain health-related goals, such as stopping smoking or losing weight. The rewards and incentives include cash prizes, extra vacation days, or reduction of the employee's portion of health insurance fees (in the United States, health insurance fees are usually shared between the employer and the employee). Several arguments have been put forward in favor of the incentive programs.
First, the awards and incentives are an excellent motivational tool for people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Many people would like to quit smoking or lose weight, but have difficulty getting started. The incentives provide the extra motivation they need. One study suggests that giving people a cash incentive d^$750 significantly increases their chances of quitting smoking. And in another study, people who got cash incentives were more likely to lose weight than those who did not.
Second, the advocates of incentive programs argue that rewarding people who are willing to adopt healthier lifestyles is only being fair. People who exercise, eat healthy diets, and maintain a healthy weight, for example, are less likely to incur medical costs. Such people deserve to pay smaller health insurance fees or get more vacation days.
Third, although the wellness incentives cost a lot of money for companies, the incentives save companies money in the long term. Losses in employee productivity due to illness can be very expensive for employers; programs that help prevent health problems are cheap by comparison. For example, incentive programs have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease. The cost ofthe incentives given by a company to its employees to maintain their health through prevention programs is much less than the financial losses to a company caused by employees missing work due to illness and hospitalization.
The professor in the lecture casts doubt on the reading passage’s belief that giving rewards or incentives to staff to motivate them to fulfill the goals for health is effective and beneficial. The professor points out several drawbacks of this wellness program.
Firstly, the reading mentions that the incentives, especially the financial rewards, are the wisest option for people to keep fit due to the study results. However, the lecturer declares that the effects of such motivations can merely last briefly on account of another study’s report which shows that such temporary influence lose its effectiveness after a period of time. For example, they may get back to their previous lifestyle again, such as smoking or putting on their weight.
Secondly, contrary to the reading passage’s idea that rewarding people who live healthily can ensure the justice for those people since they incur medical costs less frequently , the professor states that although it is fair for these healthy employees, but it lose its equity for those who are unintentionally unhealthy because a healthy body actually relies on a myriad of factors. For instance, some people may be too busy with their families to do exercise. Also, in some cases, it is the genetic factor that results in people’s obesity.
Finally, the reading believes that the program can in turn bring back a financial report for the company due to the decrease of staff’s absence of work. The lecturer, on the other hand, contends that it is not ascertained that it can literally save money for the company in the long term because the effects will take years to be obvious, while the employees generally tend to stay in a single company for a short time, which means that they are likely to leave their job when the effects of the program are still vague. As a result, the company cannot get financial beneficial.
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
actually, also, briefly, but, finally, first, firstly, however, if, may, second, secondly, so, still, well, while, for example, for instance, such as, as a result, in some cases, on the other hand
Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments
Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 10.0 10.4613686534 96% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 8.0 5.04856512141 158% => OK
Conjunction : 4.0 7.30242825607 55% => More conjunction wanted.
Relative clauses : 16.0 12.0772626932 132% => OK
Pronoun: 30.0 22.412803532 134% => Less pronouns wanted
Preposition: 34.0 30.3222958057 112% => OK
Nominalization: 3.0 5.01324503311 60% => More nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.
Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 1600.0 1373.03311258 117% => OK
No of words: 313.0 270.72406181 116% => OK
Chars per words: 5.11182108626 5.08290768461 101% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.20616286096 4.04702891845 104% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.71744894784 2.5805825403 105% => OK
Unique words: 180.0 145.348785872 124% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.575079872204 0.540411800872 106% => OK
syllable_count: 487.8 419.366225166 116% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.55342163355 103% => OK
A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 2.0 3.25607064018 61% => OK
Article: 8.0 8.23620309051 97% => OK
Subordination: 2.0 1.25165562914 160% => OK
Conjunction: 1.0 1.51434878587 66% => OK
Preposition: 2.0 2.5761589404 78% => OK
Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 11.0 13.0662251656 84% => Need more sentences. Double check the format of sentences, make sure there is a space between two sentences, or have enough periods. And also check the lengths of sentences, maybe they are too long.
Sentence length: 28.0 21.2450331126 132% => The Avg. Sentence Length is relatively long.
Sentence length SD: 110.016903284 49.2860985944 223% => The lengths of sentences changed so frequently.
Chars per sentence: 145.454545455 110.228320801 132% => OK
Words per sentence: 28.4545454545 21.698381199 131% => OK
Discourse Markers: 17.8181818182 7.06452816374 252% => Less transition words/phrases wanted.
Paragraphs: 4.0 4.09492273731 98% => OK
Language errors: 3.0 4.19205298013 72% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 5.0 4.33554083885 115% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 2.0 4.45695364238 45% => More negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 4.0 4.27373068433 94% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?
Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.174305329551 0.272083759551 64% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0623185177741 0.0996497079465 63% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0363061346801 0.0662205650399 55% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.105566461888 0.162205337803 65% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0213889346978 0.0443174109184 48% => Paragraphs are similar to each other. Some content may get duplicated or it is not exactly right on the topic.
automated_readability_index: 16.9 13.3589403974 127% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 43.06 53.8541721854 80% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 5.55761589404 158% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 14.2 11.0289183223 129% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.65 12.2367328918 103% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 9.16 8.42419426049 109% => OK
difficult_words: 82.0 63.6247240618 129% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 14.5 10.7273730684 135% => OK
gunning_fog: 13.2 10.498013245 126% => OK
text_standard: 15.0 11.2008830022 134% => OK
What are above readability scores?
Rates: 90.0 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 27.0 Out of 30
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