Why Unhealthy Foods in the Office Is Lowering Staff Productivity and Potentially Company Profits
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $ 9 billion dollars in workplace productivity is lost per year due to poor nutrition, resulting in conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. This is alarming considering this can be easily prevented.
Many companies provide catering for staff in meetings, functions or even just as a reward. However, these foods are usually junk food – lifeless and lack nutrients that are essential for a healthy and productive workforce.
These foods generally include muffins, cakes, biscuits, donuts, sausage rolls, pies, deep fried foods, lollies, chocolates, chips, pastries, some sandwiches and pizza, for example. Out of that list most of them are unhealthy foods and foods to avoid. Why?
Most of them contain preservatives, flavorings, colorings, additives, sugars or even chemical sweeteners, and harmful chemicals, let alone animal by-products.
What some of these can do to you is give you an initial energy spike, but then within a short time frame you hit an energy low. So then you're brain function decreases and your ability to think is hampered due to your tiredness. So as a manager, giving your employees lifeless, energy sucking foods isn't going to help propel your department or company.
Most people spend a lot of time at work – some people up to 16 hours a day, or even more. So having a healthy lifestyle includes the work life too.
It really is easy to provide staff with healthy snacks for work, healthy lunches, healthy dinners or whatever it may be. At the end of the day if you get your staff to eat healthy and provide them with healthy options their cognitive function as well as energy levels will improve. This is a win for your company as they'll be more productive.
I know that lots of workers look forward to a treat and that gets them excited. And as a manager you want your employees to be excited and engaged at work! So you don't need to completely rule out the treats, but you should incorporate mainly healthy meal options.
These could include:
- Fresh fruit platter
- Dried fruits and nuts
- A range of sandwiches or wraps, preferably with sourdough, brown or wholemeal bread
- Salads, but include a bit more interesting ones that are colorful and appealing to the eye
By simply incorporating these easy healthy meals options, you'll have more productive staff.
So if you're a manager or even an employee, make a point in requesting more healthy food options.
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