While an employee’s overall diet can negatively impact workplace productivity, on the job snacking can have an even bigger impact. A recent Brigham and Young University study reports that employees that rarely eat healthy snacks at work, like fruits and vegetables, were 93 percent more likely to have a greater loss of productivity.
Poor employee health is responsible for a surprising amount of workplace productivity loss.
"Total health-related employee productivity loss accounts for 77 percent of all such loss and costs employers two to three times more than annual healthcare expenses, " said lead author Ray Merrill, a professor in the Department of Health Science at BYU. Source: HERO(PDF)
Key findings from the study include:
- 66 percent of employees with an unhealthy diet were more likely to report lost productivity
- 50 percent of employees that only exercised occasionally reported lost productivity
- 28 percent of smokers reported lower productivity levels than non-smokers
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