According to findings from a Robert Half survey, 66 percent of HR managers say their organizations health and wellness offerings have increased in the past five years. However, many workers feel the food habits at their office are a deterrent to those offerings.
No matter the amount of morning yoga sessions, walking meetings or reimbursed gym memberships, the type of food around the office can sabotage any of those measures.
Keeping Your Hands Out of the Cookie Jar
30 percent of employees said that food at office celebrations. Candy, cakes and cookies may seem like harmless snacks, but the temptation can lead to indulging by those looking to maintain a healthy diet and serve as detrimental to the overall goals of the individual and the company. Other big deterrents listed was snacks brought in by coworkers (22%), free meals (10), the vending machine (10), the office candy jar (10), happy hours/after-work drinks (9), business trips (8), and bagel Monday’s (3).
44 percent reported that they ate better when they worked from home, which means that those workers feel when tasked with choosing the food at their office, or having to order out, they are less likely to have or select healthy options than if they prepared their own lunches.
Alternative Food Options
Fresh fruits and raw vegetables are a popular item. Bananas make the top of many dietary experts snack lists because of their nutrition value and with them being a healthy, sweet-tasting alternative to sugary snack.
Other options employers can stock their kitchens with these alternatives:
- Low-fat granola bars
- Light popcorn
- Individual portions of peanut butter
- Baked chips
- Trail mix
- Roasted or whole nuts
- Whole wheat bagels
- Flavored, low sugar water
Employers can also check out the free workplace nutrition tools and resources compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The good is that 89 percent of employees feel their company is supportive of their health and wellness goals. By providing healthier food options, employers can help their employees sustain higher energy levels longer and help keep them better aligned with the employers overall goals of their health and wellness offerings.