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A new way to shrink staff: Barclays will use Fitbit trackers in its wellness program

Barclays plans to roll out a new wellness program that includes subsidizing Fitbit activity trackers for more than 75,000 U.S. and U.K. employees.
Barclays plans to roll out a new wellness program that includes subsidizing Fitbit activity trackers for more than 75,000 U.S. and U.K. employees. Bloomberg

Barclays, the British-based lender that has promised shareholders it will become leaner and stronger, is encouraging its workforce to follow suit.

The firm plans to roll out a new wellness program Nov. 2 that includes subsidizing Fitbit activity trackers for more than 75,000 U.S. and U.K. employees in its investment bank, personal and corporate bank, card operations and other support functions, according to a statement.

It is joining companies including Target, Time Warner and BP in partnering with the maker of wearable devices for tracking health data.

The device maker’s corporate wellness program helps companies buy Fitbits for workers so they can monitor their health via a dashboard.

Bloomberg News

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