Everyone has had a bad day at work. Whether it be due to stress, the days where you don’t seem to get anything meaningful done, or the endless pressure from a boss or manager. Over time this can lead to mental and physical health issues, as well a general apathy for your job, while for an employer this can lead to a lack of efficiency in the workplace and high staff turnover.
However, at Healthy Nibbles, we see a future where the working environment is fully supportive of its staff’s health and wellbeing with the aim to promote happiness and productivity in the workplace. In a recent study from CBRE and the University of Twente, they found ways to reduce ‘bad days’ at work, improve happiness, health, and productivity – and for employers, buy-in from their staff.
By offering healthy eating options, the performance of staff was improved by 45%, whilst increasing the amount of natural light and the number of plants of the floor improved the mood of 78% of employees. Furthermore, allowing for yoga, naps, meditation and massages (yes massages) at work has been proven to improve the engagement of 66% of the workforce. Unsurprisingly 53% of people felt healthier after engaging in 30 minutes of exercise during the working day. All these factors contribute towards wellness, and many believe that these practices will become commonplace in a better working future.
Being more active, eating healthier, focussing on your mental health whilst in a pleasant environment has been proven to positively affect the performance of staff and therefore businesses themselves. Interestingly, having wellness packages, and stressing wellness as an important company value has been proven to attract and retain top talent to a particular company.
It, therefore, seems a no-brainer for businesses to invest in a better and more wellness-based workspace. Improving recruitment procedures and staff turnover, whilst providing a better environment for employees to work in is only going to improve the productivity of the business.
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