At Ciall health we understand that a healthier workforce is paramount to the success of a company. Studies have shown many benefits including reduced absenteeism, more engaged and greater staff morale. Plus, a healthy workforce is more likely to attract and retain key staff.
Why engage in an employee healthy eating program?
- Workplace nutrition importance
- For fulltime employees approx. 60% of their total daily intake in a working day could be consumed at work. Therefore, workplace nutrition has the potential to significantly impact their health.
- Educating employees on a regular eating pattern and a healthy diet for employees, can improve overall wellness, drive productivity, and reduce sickness related absenteeism.
- Absence and Productivity
- In the UK, up to 10% of absence and productivity loss are potentially due to lifestyle behaviours and obesity.
- The costs of absenteeism and productivity loss are likely to be offset by the costs of implementing healthy programs. In an organisation employing 1000 people, this could translate to a loss of more than £126,000 a year in lost productivity1
4. Employee Health
- A healthy diet and adequate physical exercise can have a positive impact on an employee’s health. Evidence suggests that there is a bi-directional association between depression and obesity2. A modest weight loss of 5% can help an employee attain health and emotional benefits3.
- Obese employees take an average of four extra days sick per year, this can translate to a significant cost for an organisation4.
- Long (>8 hours per day), regular overtime or irregular hours were found in one office-based study to increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes5.
What are the benefits to Employers?
Employees spend the majority of their time in the workplace and linking the wellness goals with work life balance is a mission vital to driving overall business outcomes. (The majority of us will spend over a third of our adult life at work!)
Employers are now recognising that creating a healthy workplace has lots of benefits economically for a business.
According to WHO: The workplace directly influences the physical, mental, economic and social well-being of workers and, in turn, the health of their families, communities and society
- Long Term Conditions Compendium of Information: Third Edition, Department of Health 2012
- Gatineau M, Dent M (2011) Obesity and Mental Health. Oxford: National Obesity Observatory.
- Workplace policy and management practices to improve the health and wellbeing of employees, NICE 2015
- Blackburn G (1995) Effect of degree of weight loss in health benefits. Obesity Research 3: 211S-216S.
- Nakanishi N, Nishina K, Yoshida H et al (2001) Hours of work and the risk of developing impaired glucose or type 2 diabetes mellitus in Japanese male office workers. Occup Environ Med; 58(9):569-74.
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