Recent research suggests that organizations that invest in the health of their workforce benefit from an increase in performance. There are a number of case studies that show that companies that value the wellbeing of their employees outperform their goals and are able to deliver roughly three times the returns to shareholders. Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) discovered healthy employees are happier, calmer, more engaged, sleep better and get sick less often resulting in 20% increase in national productivity levels. Prioritizing health-driven initiatives ensures that a company cares and facilitates the path so people achieve a shared goal of accomplishment.
Below are 8 positive impacts of a health-drive work culture and the benefits of having healthy employees:
- Attract and Retain Talent: According to a 2018 study, having a lunch break can improve job satisfaction, efficiency, and the likelihood of employees recommending their workplace to others as a great place to work.
- Improve Productivity: Skipping breakfast decreases productivity by reducing short-term memory and cognitive performance. In addition, those who eat unhealthy foods are 66% more likely to experience lowered productivity.
- Improve Performance: The brain uses about 20% of an employee’s daily caloric intake and studies show that eating more fruits and vegetables can lead to greater happiness, life satisfaction, and wellbeing. This is why fueling employees with easily-accessible healthy food can help them feel and perform better.
- Reduce Stress: We’ve all experienced that awful mix of hungry and angry, often termed “hangry.” Studies found that what you eat can help your brain produce chemicals to promote better sleep, reduce anxiety, and increase feelings of calm.
- Build Company Culture: According to a 2018 ZeroCater study, 90% of employers say meals help their employees build stronger relationships with colleagues.
- Help Employees Recharge: The US Bureau of Labor Statistics found that of all household activities, Americans spend the most time on food and drink preparation. By giving an easy meal solution, your team can spend more time relaxing and less time feeding themselves and their family.
- Improve Team Building: A Cornell study found firefighters who eat together were better at cooperating in the field than those who ate alone.
- Reduce Healthcare Costs: Healthcare costs are expected to reach 6.5% in 2022, due to deferred treatment resulting from COVID-19, mental health issues caused by the added stress of our current climate, and because the average employee’s health has declined during the pandemic. By making it easier for employees to eat healthy, you can reduce long-term healthcare costs with preventative health measures.
Ensuring your employees can effortlessly help themselves to healthy, convenient food options can have a daily impact on their lives. And furthermore, every time they use this wellness benefit, they’re reminded of how much their company cares for their wellbeing.