I decided recently to make a big change in our office café at PostcardMania. Personally, I place a huge amount of emphasis on eating right and frankly not poisoning myself with chemical laden foods and drinks. I also believe in only consuming organic products. I hold all these beliefs myself, yet I went along day by day allowing our café to serve food items that I myself wouldn’t touch, because I feel they are dangerous to a person’s health. Well, I was losing sleep over this.
So, I chose to transform our café by building an organic garden at my house to supply our new nutritious menu with plenty of organic produce. But health isn’t the only benefit this transformation will get me.
There are 3 reasons improving office nutrition improves your company culture and productivity. Let’s take a look at them…
1.) More Energy and More Concentration
When someone eats a diet lacking in all the essential vitamins and nutrients, they operate as if running on 70% power. The same goes for hydration as well. Many people have replaced the water our bodies crave with sugary sodas and energy drinks. Operating in even a mild state dehydration leaves you feeling “foggy”, and makes it difficult to concentrate. When you focus on emphasizing a diet of balanced nutrition and plenty of water, your staff will be more energized and more focused on their tasks. This pays off big in productivity.
2.) Less Sick Days
Sickness preys on those with weakened immune systems. A staff that eats right and maintains a healthy balanced diet is less likely to suffer from common or chronic sickness, and will prevent more serious diseases, like diabetes. If your staff is missing less work due to sickness, not to mention their improved performance while they are there, your production will improve drastically.
3.) Improved Motivation and Morale
Poor nutrition leads to lethargy, fatigue, and chronic illness. However, when you are eating right, you feel healthy and strong. You have more energy, and feel more focused. You feel like the 100% version of yourself, and this makes a world of difference mentally and emotionally as well. Your mood becomes consistently improved. Have you ever heard the old tactic to take when you need a favor? “Ask when their in a good mood.” This is because when you feel good, pitching in doesn’t feel like a burden or inconvenience. Having a high-spirited staff also leads to more cohesive cooperation, and this combination of boosted motivation and cooperation will yield big results for your business.
Now every company isn’t going to plant their own organic garden. However, making an effort to emphasize good nutrition with your staff, and doing what you can to make sure the food items and drinks in your office are healthy ones, will yield a more productive staff. That will yield monetary benefits as well as the intangible ones, such as a more pleasant and high-spirited work environment. So replace the morning doughnuts and muffins with some yogurt and granola, and start reaching your full potential of productivity. We are doing it, and love the results!
Have you tried this personally or in your office? What results have you seen?