Just to change things up every once in awhile, Stephen and I will do a blog post that’s “off-topic”. Today, it’s about employee wellness. When I worked at Bloomberg, the company provided free breakfast, lunch, and snacks to their employees all day, 5 days a week, which I happily partook in on a consistent basis. I definitely saved a lot of money on food, but at the same time I undeniably put on a few pounds in the process. After all, those chocolate chip cookies were not going to eat themselves. Yes, there was a decent selection of healthy food, but just as many things that could be considered junk food.
True, there is something to be said for an occasional quick sugar rush during the workday to help us get through whatever task we need to get through. However, the laws of physics inevitably take over and what goes up, must come down, for example eating a high-carb lunch, followed by the “3pm slump”.
Eating healthier has real benefits for both employees and organizations, including sustained energy throughout the day, higher productivity, reduced absenteeism, and lower health care costs. It’s not only good nutrition, but other factors, like increased physical activity, meditation, and adequate sleep also play a part in producing more positive outcomes in the workplace.
Need ideas for what to eat? Well, I get my quinoa salad at Costco, enough for about three or four days of lunches. If you don’t have a Costco near you, here’s a recipe that looks pretty good. Sushi, anyone? Yes, please! (not for everyone, I know). If quinoa or sushi don’t do it for you, here’s a list of 30 foods for all-day energy.