“Achieve BMI less than 25, get bonus”: Zerodha CEO to employees

To encourage the workforce to remain fit, Nithin Kamath has rolled out this fun health initiative


Nithin Kamath, co-founder and CEO, Zerodha, has come up with a unique way to encourage his staff to stay fit and healthy. He has announced that if they maintain their body mass index (BMI) at less than 25, they will be eligible for an attractive bonus — half a month’s pay!

Kamath, who is very serious about physical fitness, has further challenged the employees that if they bring their average BMI to less than 24 in three months, that is, by August, they can earn an additional half month’s salary as bonus.

Offering further details, Kamath’s tweet reads: “The lowest average BMI or the largest change in average BMI wins. The winner chooses a charity everyone else contributes to. Maybe a health tech company can run the initiative.”

The CEO of the online broking startup hopes to see other organisations joining in and making this a competition.

Kamath admits that BMI isn’t the best way to judge a person’s fitness level, but it is certainly the easiest way, and hence, one should start their fitness journey from there.

This is not the first time that Kamath’s penchant for mental and physical fitness has made headlines. Last year, that is, in May 2021, Kamath had announced on Twitter that the Company’s employees will not be expected to be part of any work-related chats after 6 p.m. He had also said that no official posts or messages will be sent to anyone on holidays either. This was his way of ensuring that the employees avoided experiencing undue stress or burnout.

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