People spend about one-third of their lives at work, according to this article from Gettysburg College. But how much of that time is spent being productive? There are many factors to consider when encouraging employee productivity, and health is at the top of the list. To help celebrate National Nutrition Month in March, we’re sharing some insights to help ensure your employees are healthy and more productive.
With busy lives and hectic schedules, full-time employees often end up eating lunch at their desks, whether that means bringing a lunch from home or running out to the nearest fast food restaurant to grab a quick and convenient meal. However, what is easier is not always the best option. How can you as an employer educate and encourage nutritious eating habits in the office?
Dr. Kim Waters writes about poor nutrition in the workplace and the impact it can have on employee productivity in this Employee Benefits News article. She claims it is easier than ever to eat unhealthy with an abundance of nutrient-poor foods all around us – and countless fast food and delivery options ready to bring the unhealthy food right to you.
One way to conquer nutrition challenges in the workplace is by offering healthy snack options like fruit and vegetables instead of junk food. Waters also recommends providing nutrition education to your employees. By educating your team and providing healthy food options, you as an employer make it easier for them to make healthy choices.
Happy, healthy employees do better work when they feel better. So, it makes sense that employers should do everything they can to keep it that way. An employee wellness program is one of the best ways to ensure that your employees are practicing healthy habits. According to this Entrepreneur.com article, “Corporate wellness programs are made to help and motivate a holistic approach to employee’s wellness by making an organizational culture of health.” Incentivizing healthy practices can encourage employees to make changes and stick to them in the long run. It is much easier for employees to make changes to their routine when the solutions are right in front of them. A few examples: provide sample “healthy” grocery lists so employees are less overwhelmed about what foods to buy, or start sharing a weekly wellness blog that includes healthy tips and recipes.
There have been several studies done on a phenomenon known as presenteeism, defined by the Harvard Business Journal as “productivity loss resulting from real health problems.” One way to change this phenomenon in your workplace is by educating your employees about healthy eating habits and can greatly impact how your employees feel — ultimately leading to more productive work practices and a healthier workforce.