Today in our ongoing GList series, we’re featuring Charlie Kim of Next Jump.
Charlie Kim serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Next Jump, Inc. Mr. Kim founded Next Jump in 1994. He worked in the Information Technology and Human Resources groups of Morgan Stanley in New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo from 1995 to 1997. He returned to Boston in April 1997 to grow the business full-time. To grow Next Jump from a one-person operation to a multi-layered corporation, he raised millions in independent investments from Wall Street’s most influential players. He graduated with Honors from Tufts University in 1995, where he earned a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Quantitative Economics.
Very early on, Charlie saw the benefits good office wellness could provide. When it comes to reducing the tens of billions that US companies lose each year in health insurance premiums, there is great value to be seen in maintaining employee health. But efforts to get employee groups to exercise, eat right and take better care of themselves have mostly fallen flat, even when they’re made mandatory. Charlie’s work with NextJump radically reimagined the process of employee wellness using gamification, and in the process have leveraged that knowledge to improve all aspects of the company’s relationships – with employees and customers alike. Charlie’s panel will explore how to motivate with well crafted incentives, and the lessons learned on the road to today’s astonishing fact: over 75% of NextJump’s employees work out regularly. How it came together will certainly surprise you.
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