Do you agree that your employees are your largest and most valuable investment? Do you also agree that if your employees are healthy, happy and feel appreciated, that their productivity, presenteeism and loyalty to the company will increase while absenteeism and turnover will decrease? If you believe these facts, your wellness program is a valuable investment. Wellness programs can come in all forms, from grass-roots to intricately organized; but the most important component is that it is designed for your specific work culture and environment. Some organizations prioritize physical activity, while others may concentrate on stress management. But what do all companies have in common? Food.
Full-time, working Americans spend approximately 50% of their waking hours at work. This means that at least one meal and several snacking opportunities are at the mercy of the food surrounding us. Food is ever-present at many worksites, whether it’s a snack machine, cafeteria, catered lunch, birthday cake, or candy jar on a co-worker’s desk. We can all agree that the food temptations are rarely carrot sticks and celery. Almost as ubiquitous as the food, are the employees trading weight loss secrets over the water cooler (or is it the soda machine?). The office can be great opportunity to foster a healthy and supportive food environment. Here are some steps companies should take towards cultivating a nutritious workplace.
Make a Plan
Healthy Catering Strategies
Katie Di Lauro is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Tri-City Wellness Center as well as a Certified Corporate Wellness Manager and a Certified Culture Coach. Contact Tri-City Wellness Center today at 760.230.8662 or www.tricitywellness.com to learn more about nutrition and wellness services for your employees.