It appears we may be on the verge of a radical transformation in the way office environments function and exist as boosting productivity does not entail refilling your coffee cup. This new thinking centres on the concept of nurturing wellbeing within the workforce partly through stimulating the mind and body in ways which leave employees feeling energised and productive.
What we eat has a big impact on our performance at work – from mental clarity, to energy, stamina and productivity, food governs how well our bodies and brains function. Food makes our mood. Yet food at work is too often seen as a financial afterthought by employers and is a missed opportunity to increase productivity and morale. Staff restaurants typically offer unhealthy selections while vending machines are stocked with sugary and fatty snacks. Employers’ workplace programmes focus on wellness – getting people fitter – and how healthy employers take less time off work. But ensuring your employees are eating the right foods is about increasing presenteeism — employees being fully engaged, energised and mentally focused on the task in hand.