Employee Performance Increases with Healthy Eating
Promoting healthy eating in your workplace creates a supportive environment for employees to feel better, have more energy, and be more productive.
Since we spend a majority of our day at work, we should be creating places employees actually want to be. Workplaces should also be places that support healthy lifestyles and both physical and emotional health. Studies show employees need a consistent health plan to keep them fully charged and capable of increasing an organization’s financial performance.1 Waiting until the weekend isn’t the solution.
As workplaces have evolved, sedentary behaviors have increased, putting employees at higher risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even vein thrombosis. In addition, cubical life has created environments that reduce employee satisfaction and productivity. One study revealed that employee satisfaction and productivity are negatively affected due to workplace distractions caused by cubicle setups.2
Shouldn’t we have realized this long ago when comics started mocking the cubicle workspace?
One of the five areas high-performing organizations focus on to increase employee engagement and drive performance is ‘Place’ – the workplace. From the physical layout to the colors on the wall, organizations can create collaborative environments that foster employee engagement. Studies show that employee productivity suffers when there is lack of strategic workplace design.2
The physical layout of a workplace profoundly influences the way employees engage with each other. Researchers have assessed many aspects of the entire layout of workplaces including desk placement, inspiring artwork and colors, mobile workstations, and flexibility to move from place to place to work.
Rather than focusing on saving money by cramming people into cubicles that don’t support employees’ productivity and morale, businesses should be considering the best ways to foster collaboration and workplaces that inspire creativity. There are many ways this can be done from inexpensive to a total redesign.
Although these are only a few of the ways to improve workplaces, they may seem overwhelming to some. Where do you start and how do know what will have the most significant impact on your organization? Start by asking yourself the following questions:
Once you’ve answered these questions, you can map out what steps to take to make the initial improvements. Remember these changes are to increase employee productivity and support their health, ultimately improving your bottom line of becoming a high performing organization.
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There's more to workplace environments than just desks, chairs, and computers in cubicles. In fact, workplace environments these days are quite complex.
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