Happy, healthy employees are more productive
Offices are filled with people of all ages, races, shapes, and sizes. But, regardless of who they are or what they look like, they’ve all got something in common: they most likely sit behind a desk or computer for most of their day, and this can have ill effects of their lifestyle.
You need efficient workers, not those falling behind due to sluggishness or laziness — so what can you do? The trick to getting more done during the workday might just be working as a team to improve everyone’s health and well-being. Believe it or not, a worker’s productivity could be affected by their lifestyle outside of that cubicle.
Presenteeism and health habits
Presenteeism is when workers are at work, but they’re not getting enough done. Hours are passing, and they’re still on the same project; they’ve lost focus and can’t seem to push projects through to the finish line.
As you can imagine, this has a significant impact on a company’s bottom line. It’s a costly habit that doesn’t benefit the worker or the employer: one is going to end up swamped with work and most likely stressed; the other is losing money each minute. According to Forbes, “the cost of presenteeism in the U.S. to be more than $150 billion a year.”
It’s easy to brush it off, convincing yourself that your employee didn’t get enough sleep the night before, or maybe they’re just a bit bored today, but that’s most likely not the case. However, many cases of presenteeism have been linked to poor health habits.
Sitting down for too much time each day can negatively impact your workers’ health. Many experts have even claimed that sitting is the new smoking.
Poor health habits can often lead to an array of health challenges and serious diseases, and in a recent study, smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes all factored into poorer work performance. Since we know that health has an impact on productivity, let’s look at a few poor health habits that can affect the workplace and create solutions for them.
The health effects of sitting too long
Humans weren’t necessarily designed to sit behind a screen all day. With a long history of hunting, nomadic lifestyles, farming, factory, and labor jobs, and more, we’ve been on our feet for ages until recently. That all changed when computers were introduced into the workplace, and people began spending most of their time sitting rather than standing.
Sitting down for too much time each day can negatively impact your workers’ health. Many experts have even claimed that sitting is the new smoking. Even long hours in the gym can’t combat too much sitting.
Once your workers are finished for the day, why not give them some incentive to get their bodies moving rather than spending more time at the computer or watching TV?
Alertness and attention based on foods you eat
Your food is your fuel. You can choose foods that will keep you alert, focused, and driven, or you can select foods that will give you a quick sugar rush before you crash.
Nutrition is more important than many people realize. Sluggishness, sleepiness, and distraction could be caused by a poor lunch choice, but even eating times play a role. For example, instead of having a large nap-inducing lunch, consider grazing on power-packed protein throughout the day.
NBC reports, “no single change is likely to dramatically improve your productivity, the transition to a gradual, low-glycemic index diet throughout the workday can make you more alert, less distracted and more productive overall.”
Work stress and exercise
The more you get your body moving, the less stressed you are likely to feel. Even if those who hate the idea of exercise might be surprised by their body’s positive response to it. And it doesn’t have to be high-energy, challenging moves. Why not host yoga in the office, or walk a 5k together? There are plenty of options that are low-impact, low-stress, and all fun.
What you can do for your workers
The gift of health is a gift that will have endless returns for both you and your workers. Motivating them to get healthy might seem like a challenge, but it will be well worth it in the long run.
How can you get your employees motivated? Implementing a wellness program could be the right approach for you, and it’s easier than ever with LiveWell 1440.
We assess your workplace, discover health risks, intervene, educate, and enroll. We then motivate, engage and coach. We track goals and measure progress and provide results and rewards. And, in return, your employees will be healthier, happier, and more productive than before. You’ve got 1,440 minutes in your day; it’s time to make an impact. Contact us today to discuss a custom solution for your workplace.