Scotty’s Brewhouse: Step your way to paid days off

Brian Winnie, Manager of Scotty's Brewhouse on 96th Street, pours a beer during a lunch shift. He gets counted for every step he takes while wearing the Jawbone UP24.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A well-known restaurant chain in central Indiana is giving incentives to employees who get moving. Scotty’s Brewhouse is rewarding one paid day off to managers who achieve 920,000 steps – or 10,000 steps a day — each quarter of 2014. If an employee reaches the goal all four quarters, they’ll earn a full week of paid time off.

“Our entire company is really energized by this,” says restaurant chain owner, Scott Wise – a fitness enthusiast who runs six days a week and weight trains five days a week. “I’m trying to get my people to take ownership over their health and this is a way I think I can get people to love [exercise] a little bit more.”

The “steps” challenge was issued to the 40 restaurant managers at each of Scotty’s 8 locations, and 26 managers agreed to take the challenge. The challenge launched February 1st and the first quarter of measurement will conclude at the end of April.

How it’s tracked
Tracy Morgan, the company’s Human Resources Director researched three different fitness bands: the Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit, and Jawbone UP24.

“The Jawbone had the team features that make it very transparent,” says Morgan. “You can encourage people and be competitive, so the jawbone seemed to fit our needs.”

The Jawbone UP24 cost about $150 and employees were given the option to buy it themselves, or do a payroll deduction to spread it over two-to- four pay periods.

The Jawbone UP24 syncs with smart phones and records steps, calories burned, miles and even helps monitor sleeping patterns. Once an employee has established their Jawbone profile, they can join the Scotty’s Group online, which gives them the ability to see fellow employees’ daily trends.

“At the end of each quarter, all they have to do is go to their ‘Trends’ within the app and they just send me a screen-shot of their monthly totals showing they met their quarterly goal,” says Morgan.

Step by step
Brian Winnie, Manager at the Scotty’s Brewhouse 96th Street location, has been wearing his Jawbone UP24 for the last few months.

“On a shift, I’ll get anywhere from 12,000 to my best day was 19,000 steps,” says Winnie. “So, it was about 5 or 6 miles on the day I had 19,000 steps and I was actually surprised the first time I checked and saw how many miles I’m walking in a shift.”

Winnie admits seeing his daily steps has kept him moving.

“Instead of sitting in the office and doing paperwork, I’ve been out on the floor more dealing with employees — getting in a few more steps.”

Competition is motivation
All 26 participants can view each others daily progress through the accompanying app, creating competition.

“We get a little competitive,” says Wise. “If I see, at the end of the day, that someone has more steps than me, I’ll take a few laps around the house to get my ‘steps’ up.”

The ‘steps’ challenge was launched February 1st and the first quarter will conclude at the end of April. It’s too soon to say how many will hit their quarterly goal but, Morgan says almost all managers are hitting their daily goals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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