A company’s success rests on the performance factor of its employees. The performance, of course, depends on their health, which is a direct consequence of what they have in their pantry. Most businesses and employees scarcely ever give much consideration to their food.

Food plays an important role in cognitive performance, and a poor decision you make at lunch can have an impact on you the entire afternoon. Almost everything that we eat is converted by the body into glucose, which powers the brain to help it stay alert. But the body is running low on glucose, making it harder to stay focused.

This is one reason why concentrating on an empty stomach is easier said than done.

Many corporate employees have inculcated a habit of consuming salt-laden foods that have dehydrating effects. This results in reduced mental performance as well as headaches and anxiety. In both short and long run, the employee’s productivity tanks as a result of their poor diet choices.

In the ensuing depression, employees will turn to other processed food and will start a vicious cycle, exposing their bodies to a risk of developing a variety of debilitating illnesses.

Healthy foods and a balanced diet go a long way in improving workplace productivity across all areas of performance.

Integrating Food into a Corporate Wellness Program

While you can’t force your employees to change their lifestyle and eat ‘healthier’, you can influence their decisions by communicating all the benefits of healthy food and its impact on productivity. The most effective way to get employees to eat healthy food is by incentivizing your corporate wellness program.

Set up goals and milestones that would unlock new rewards and benefits to workers that go the extra mile. The first step towards such an effective corporate wellness program would be to assess the nutritional environment of your workplace.

Poor Diet Has Several Disadvantages

Instead of powering the body with an instant surge of energy, poor diet acts as a scythe that reduces the body’s energy levels. Poor diet can lead to increased fatigue. It can also compromise a worker’s ability to focus. This inadvertently results in decreased productivity, and this has long-term repercussions for the employee’s health. The result could mean increased absenteeism, which might necessitate seeking alternative employees. This might result in too much burden for the employees.

Educate Your Employees

Educating employees every now and then about the importance of healthy food and good nutrition is extremely vital. Corporate wellness programs should host onsite nutritional seminars and one-on-one sessions with nutritional consultants. These programs will go a long way in empowering employees with important skills that they need to monitor their own diet in the workplace.