I recently read Switch and it has me thinking about self-control as an exhaustible resource. Today, I read The Battle of the Office Candy Jar in the Wall Street Journal. The gist of the article is that sweets may boost office morale, but sabotage people's attempts to diet or eat healthy. It's not like this thought hasn't crossed my mind before, but thinking about self control as an exhaustible resource sheds a whole new light on this issue.
We have three candy jars in human resources -- one for dark chocolate, one for milk chocolate, and one for the sugary stuff. We have them because we want people to feel welcome in our space and we want people to have reason to stop by and talk with us. I have always figured it was easy enough for people to resist, but now I'm wondering if it might be a lot harder to resist than I thought for people who are trying to make a healthy change. In Switch they say, "Change is hard because people wear themselves out."
Honestly, I'd love to swap the candy for fresh fruit and nuts. We could have 50 servings of fruit delivered from the Fruit Guys for $64 a week, but that's a lot more than what we're spending on candy and it won't last long with 250 people. What are your thoughts?