Promoting healthy practices increases productivity

 

 

Employees snacking throughout the work day may not seem like it’s management's business, but research shows that establishing good eating and exercise habits in the workplace can increase employee productivity.

DID YOU KNOW?

Full-time workers in the United States who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health problems miss about 450 million more days of work than healthy workers, costing more than 153 BILLION A YEAR IN LOST PRODUCTIVITY.

By designing your workplace with employee health in mind, you can help your colleagues and employees become their healthiest, happiest, and most productive selves. 

 

 Photo by wildpixel/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by wildpixel/iStock / Getty Images

 

Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance

which is why that bowl of M&M's  and a redbull can derail an entire afternoon of meetings and deadlines.

 What happens when we have a bowl of M&M’s twice a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year? The truth is our employee sponsored snacks turn into our employee sponsored waistline. Our energy isn’t as steady as it used to be, brain fog makes the 3:00 hour the least productive of the day and we put ourselves at a higher risk for developing preventable chronic diseases.

Freedom to choose with a nudge toward wholesome

By reversing many of the sneaky habits grocery stores use to sell foods high in fat, salt and sugar we can create a workplace kitchen that will subtly encourage employees to choose the more nutritious options while still offering treats for when a craving strikes.

Create a fitness culture

Allowing and encouraging employees to exercise during the workday may not seem like it makes great business sense but research suggests otherwise.

Workers who are able to exercise 30-60 minutes during lunch report a boost in performance. Exercise has been shown to decrease stress and depression, reduce the amount of sick days taken, and build self confidence. 

Giving employees access to fitness doesn't mean you need an expensive gym. By dedicating a functional fitness space with affordable, easy to use equipment you can create a space that will help employees reduce stress and avoid chronic injuries.

Let’s create a fitness space together!