Get Your Employees to Eat More Healthy at Work

It’s perfectly normal for your doctor, your nutritionist, or your fitness instructor to pay attention to your health. But why should a company police the eating habits of their employees? They are not obliged to do so. True. However, any good company pays attention to the well-being of its workers, and nutritious food is one of the most important things when it comes to being healthy. It affects a person’s concentration, work productivity and happiness, and if you want to increase the general satisfaction of your employees, then you need to keep nutrition in mind. Read on for a few tips that will help you do just that.

The vending machine and the break room

The vending machine is any worker’s go to snack option, because it’s cheap and easily accessible. If your wending machines are full of candy bars and greasy chips, then that’s what your employees will eat. Try filling the vending machine with healthier things, like bags of various nuts and granola bars, and make sure to have water bottles instead of soda. Popcorn and pretzels are much better than chips as well, and for the sweets have something like Fig Newtons as an option.

If your company has a break room, it’s a good idea to put a small fridge and a microwave in there so the employees could bring their own home-cooked meals and heat them up. You could also introduce a fruit day every once in a while and treat everyone to some apples, or oranges.

Office parties and celebrations

Office parties are meant to be fun and even relaxing, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to food. If you want your employees to eat well and be healthy, you need to set up a good example. Instead of ordering a ton of snacks and chicken wings, use this as an opportunity to provide good food. The catering service Wicked Foods offers a lot of healthy options, ranging from gluten-free, to vegan for everyone’s needs.

Corporate catering services are an excellent idea even when you aren’t celebrating. Most people don’t eat healthy simply because it’s more time consuming to prepare a nutritious meal than to reach for the nearest snack. Everyone’s in a rush, trying to get their work done, so if there are no better things to eat, they’ll take whatever is closest as long as it fills them up enough so the hunger doesn’t distract them. Give them better options and they’ll be grateful.

Educating employees

Instead of setting rules and forcing someone to eat a specific type of food, you need to take a more rational approach. As we mentioned before, unless you’re someone’s mother, it’s unlikely they’ll respond well to having their eating habits controlled directly. So, have some posters about the importance of proper nutrition hanging around the break room, and make good food available to them. Ask your workers for guidance on what kind of healthy changes would they like to see in the company and make them feel like they are contributing to this. They’ll be a lot more eager to listen if they don’t feel like they’re being forced into something. Organize a seminar about how food can affect a person’s physical and mental health, because a lot of them might not even be aware that they have some bad eating habits.

Good, hard-working employees are difficult to come by, so paying attention to their satisfaction is important. Healthy people are more likely to be productive and less likely to take a sick leave, so implementing a few of these changes could be a good, long-term investment for your firm.  

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