Increase Employee Productivity Through Healthy Meals
Have you noticed a slump in your employees’ morale? Do they, perhaps, seem sluggish and unmotivated? And is it showing in your office productivity levels? If you’re trying to figure out what could be affecting your workers’ productivity, the first thing you might think to fix are your company's processes. You might try to improve workflow structures, provide ongoing training, and more… But, one important thing you may overlook is how, when, and what your employees eat.
Yup, we said it! Your staff’s diet matters. And it's not about counting their calories or anything like that, it's simply about productivity. The kind of foods people eat affects productivity – so does whether meals are eaten during the day or not. Let's take a look at four ways employee meals affect productivity and how well-balanced options can increase performance.
We’ll also show you how your organization can take advantage of this by sharing ways to introduce meals for your workers with Farmer’s Fridge.
How Employee Meals Can Help Increase Productivity
We all know that what you eat can directly influence your well-being. That said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the saying, “you are what you eat” goes for work performance, too. If the meals we choose affect our well-being, the effects will be seen across many aspects of life performance including productivity and even focus and teamwork while at work.
We want everyone feeling their best both in the office and out so here are four ways that having healthy employee meals can fuel productivity:
Having high-carb breakfasts impacts brain hormones, tryptophan, and serotonin, affecting your focus, cognition, and mood. So, employees may be attentive and focused for a bit before hitting an unproductive slump that could last the rest of the day. On the other hand, healthy meals offer sustained energy that can keep employees running all day long!
The effects of unhealthy meals can actually continue beyond that workday into the next. For example, a study found that when people engaged in unhealthy eating, they experienced physical and emotional issues the following day. This included stomach issues like diarrhea, headaches, exhaustion, shame, guilt, and more. These affected their performance at work during the course of the day.
When employees don't take lunch, it may become a missed opportunity for brainstorming, mingling and socialization, collaboration, and team-building. All of these factors have an important bearing on how your team can work productively and harmoniously.
Even for remote working environments, lunch culture is important. Due to the positive effects on mood, productivity, and more, remote workers can contribute to the team better when they’re well-fed. It can also make them feel better supported and less stressed, making them feel like they're part of a team and an organization that cares.
3. Better Eating Habits Mean Better Sleep
Food doesn't just affect how you run, it impacts how you rest too. A diet lacking in nutrient- and vitamin-rich foods can lead to sleeping problems while a high-carb, high-sugar diet affects sleep quality. And we all know how important a good nights’ sleep is! Your diet has a direct effect on your sleeping patterns. For example, when you consume high-carb foods, it can increase the number of times you awaken during the night - leading to fitful, restless sleep.
Of course, if you’ve ever had a sleepless night before a workday you know exactly how bad sleep can alter your performance. Poor sleeping patterns impact productivity, alertness, focus, cognitive abilities, decision-making, mood, and more.
Along with the energy plummet, you’ll be hungry all over again which may lead you to reach for those sweets again. Healthier foods like our salads, wraps, and bowls, on the other hand, sustain your energy levels. They also keep you full for longer so you don’t have massive dips in productivity.
Ways To Introduce Employee Meals For Higher Productivity:
At Farmer’s Fridge, we provide convenient and smart services that make providing healthy employee meals a breeze. With a nutritious and rotating menu, we can offer your employees foods that give them just the boost in creativity they need. It doesn't hurt that our meals are also tasty!
Here are some simple ways to start your productivity-positive employee meal system today:
Food is an essential part of how we live. It affects how we feel, function, perceive, and even how we think. It's no wonder it can have such a profound effect on the way we work!
Whether in an office environment or a remote working space, remember that both if and what your team had for lunch can directly impact their focus, cognition, decision-making, mood, and more. So, if you're looking to support your team on all levels, consider setting everyone up success by prioritizing the food made available. They'll love you for it.
Farmer’s Fridge started in 2013 selling fresh, healthy meals from refrigerated vending machines in places like airports and hospitals. Now, we’re bringing our individually packaged meals and snacks straight to retail locations, offices, universities and more through our Fridges and wholesale options. Want to see Farmer’s Fridge on your shelf or use our products to feed your organization?Learn more