4-8 July is Corporate Wellness Week with the focus on Nutrition Wellness at Work.

Eating well in the workplace can have a significant impact on the overall health and well-being of every employee, but also on the company.

Promoting healthy food options in the work setting is an effective way to get employees to stick to smart eating habits. Here are just a few of the major benefits:

Nutritious foods can improve concentration and cognitive function, boosting an employee’s workplace performance. It is well documented that employee well-being leads to higher creativity and productivity.

Healthy employees are happier, calmer, more engaged, sleep better and get sick less often.

Improved employee productivity. Healthy foods provide employees with vitamins their brains need to function properly, creating happier and more productive employees. A study by Brigham Young University shows that people with unhealthy eating habits are 66% more likely to demonstrate poor productivity at work. The success of any company depends heavily on the productivity and performance of its employees.

Lower costs on “absenteeism cover” and the “cost” of unproductive employees for the company, but also on health care costs for the employee’s pocket. Studies show that 75% of illness absenteeism is due to chronic diseases of lifestyle.  The top 4 contributors to these diseases are poor nutrition, physical inactivity, frequent alcohol consumption and tobacco use.  All of these are modifiable factors meaning YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER IT….but for now… let’s focus on nutrition only.
What can you (the employee) do?

What can we (the company) do?

  • Remind employees to bring healthy food options
  • Provide/stock healthy food options
  • Allow employees to shop for healthy food options during work
  • Raise awareness
  • Provide healthy nutrition information

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

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