With Ireland’s National Workplace Wellbeing Day come and gone, are you getting the best support from your employer when it comes to your workplace food? The focus of employers has shifted to wellbeing in an attempt to build the strongest and healthiest workforce available. Reducing illness leading to sick days increases productivity and employers want to nurture their employees to ensure they are at the best they can be.
Recent research has shown that employees value access to food at work. It was ranked as 1 of the top 3 benefits alongside holiday time and professional development. As employees consider meals and snacks provided important in relation to productivity, as time is precious, not to mention the help financially as in many cases the supply of meals is considerably subsidised.
In cases of supplied meals and snacks, is what your employer is feeding you up to the standard it should be? In a recent study, employees across America were being fed high salt and fat meals, with little focus on whole grain and fruit consumption.
Could your employer do more for your health?
At this time, many employers are investing in their workers’ health and futures. This includes a well-balanced meal to fuel your work. The subsidised canteen may be affordable but are the meals you are having up to the standards they should be? Whereas offices with limited catering resources are often stuck with deli counters and uninteresting sandwich deliveries. Why not suggest a service like GourmetFuel for your next team meeting? Or gather together your fellow employees to achieve your healthy eating goal in the coming months by placing a group order. With a group approaching management to improve the work environment and resources, your employer will find it hard to resist. Sure, they want you fuelled and fired up.
On a final note:
The desk dilemma – Get away from your desk. The work environment is not where you should be having your meal, with screens and files piled high. We are a society now glued to our desks and it’s time to change. Find a nice place away from your desk to enjoy your lunch. With the nicer weather approaching, enjoy your meal outside followed by a walk.
Rebecca is a registered Associate Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition. She completed her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nutraceuticals in Health and Nutrition before achieving her Masters Degree in Public Health Nutrition in Queen Margaret's University, Edinburgh.
Before joining the GourmetFuel team, Rebecca was a Nutrition & Allergen Menu Analyst. She is passionate about food and promoting 'real food' diets! She is also interested in Childhood and Elderly Nutrition.
For any kind of nutrition advice, you can reach Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org