In an office environment productivity can be influenced by a great many factors. We have discussed in the past many of these, generally focusing on the design side of things, However today we thought we would delve into some of the healthy habits you can encourage around the office that if implemented properly are sure to have a positive impact on productivity among the workforce. So, without further ado…

Remove temptation

Admittedly we all have moments of weakness, but one thing’s for sure - if there’s always chocolate biscuits in the kitchen, they’ll always be eaten! Loaded with sugar, high GI carbs and fat - they’re digested quickly and don’t keep you feeling full for a long time at all. Then of course there’s the temptation - 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?

Healthy choices

If you supply toast and spreads for your staff, then swap some of the provisions and preserves for 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 a sugar dip mid-morning.

Encourage breakfast

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 out on the most important meal of the day. Providing a fridge and microwave is essential in enabling your staff to bring in their own lunch and snacks - removing the need for pre-packaged foods full of preservatives and high-sugar alternatives.

Stand up

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 being sedentary - whether it’s at a chair at our desks, on the train, or sitting in front of the television.  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 a way to squeeze in an extra workout...

Break time

Although we’ve mostly focused on bad foods, there are still benefits to eating and taking a break! Having a proper break for lunch in a kitchen or breakout space encourages staff to leave their desk, sit down in an open space and unwind. Not only does this stop them from continually staring at their but also encourages interaction and conversation between colleagues.

Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor as he continues to expand his horizons.
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