Here’s how you can boost your staff’s productivity through encouraging healthy habits in the office.
If there’s always chocolate biscuits in the breakout room, they’ll always be eaten! Ok they might seem innocent, but they’re detrimental to your health. Loaded with sugar, high GI carbs and fat – they’re digested quickly and don’t keep you feeling full for long. Also who can only have one chocolate biscuit?! If you’re constantly topping up the digestives, why not think about swapping these for a daily fruit basket instead?
If you supply basics for your staff, then provide low sugar and low carb alternatives. This will keep your staff’s blood sugar more regulated throughout the day, instead of experiencing a spike first thing and then sugar dips mid-morning.
Healthy choices are best kept up when they form part of a habit. To get your staff in the habit of having breakfast, use this to form the cornerstone of a team ritual. We bet if you do a quick poll, an alarming number of your staff will be skipping the most important meal of the day. Providing a fridge and microwave is essential in enabling your staff to bring in their own food. Remove the need for pre-packaged foods full of preservatives and high-sugar alternatives.
Standing desks are becoming increasingly popular, due to the dual health benefits of increased blood flow and heightened calorie burn. We spend an exceptional amount of time sitting. Whether it’s at a chair at our desks, on the train, or sitting in front of the TV. Standing at work is one of the easiest ways to reduce your sedentary time. It’s been proven that standing can burn up to 50 calories more per hour than sitting. If you stand for three hours a day, five days a week – this equates to 750 calories a week, the same as a medium intensity 60 minute fitness class! What an easy way to squeeze in an extra workout…
Although we’ve mostly focused on bad foods, there are still benefits to eating and taking a break! Having a decent break for lunch in an open space encourages staff to leave their desk, sit down and unwind. Not only does this stop them from continually staring at their monitor (and splashing bolognese on the keyboard) but it encourages interaction between colleagues. ABW
Encouraging healthy habits can really improve employee motivation, productivity, and engagement. Something as simple as walking meetings or allowing employees to take an half hour break to go and get some fresh air can make a massive difference.