You know the age old saying, “You are what you eat.” Well there may be a bit more truth to that then you think. The food you eat during the day, plays a big role in how you feel while at work. Have you ever felt lethargic or unproductive after a big lunch? Well then you already know that dietary choices can do more than make you feel uncomfortably full or sluggish — they can affect your job performance, too.
In an AOL Jobs article written by David Schepp, nutritionist Deanna Moncrief says, “a lack of nutrients from too many processed foods and not enough fruits and vegetables, as well as a lack of water intake, can leave many people feeling as if they’re working at only a fraction of their capacity and reduce output on the job.”
When you combine poor dietary choices with a sedentary lifestyle, employees not only experience reduced functionality but are also more susceptible to weight gain and related health problems. Weight gain causes the heart to work harder to pump blood to the body’s extremities, resulting in bad blood circulation. Which at the end of the day results in you feeling tired and less productive.
A variety of nutritional deficiencies, including anaemia, can contribute to reduced workplace output, sluggishness, and lethargy. In addition to eating a healthy, balanced diet, make sure you’re eating foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and iron.
Did you know that obese workers are twice as likely to miss work than fitter employees? One of the reasons is discrimination.
So, here’s a list of snacks to stash around the office to snack on during the day, to keep your energy and productivity levels high:
What can you implement at your office place?
Because employee health is critical to company culture and output, it pays to invest in company-wide health initiatives. Consider an employee wellness program that includes a weight loss challenge or educational sessions on various health conditions. There’s no doubt that individual employees assume the greatest responsibility when it comes to their health, but providing an additional set of tools and incentives can be just the push someone needs to break free from unhealthy habits and start the journey toward a healthier lifestyle that will benefit that individual’s personal and professional lives.