Healthy eating and productivity. Are they linked?

by | Mar 5, 2021 | Work Wellbeing | 0 comments

Most individuals do not consider their productivity levels when snacking at their desk or taking a quick trip to the vending machine. Ron Friedman (2014) of Harvard Business Review states that food has a direct impact on our mental performance, which is why a poor decision at lunch can derail an entire afternoon. Next time you feel exhausted or drained for an entire afternoon, think about the foods you consumed that day.

A 2012 study in Population Health Management found that nearly 7 out of 10 employees who ate an unhealthy diet were more likely to experience a loss in productivity than their counterparts who regularly consumed fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (Merrill et al, 2012). It is important for employers to get involved; the UK HRM Guide (2012) provides several tips to employers to increase productivity levels:


Promote healthy alternatives

Employers could put nutritious snacks in a central location and inform staff that treats are available.

Provide things that are easy to eat

Hand-held snacks like dried fruit or trail mix for example.

Change the meeting line-up

swap out the usual goodies with fruit and more vitamin-enriched foods that will fight fatigue, anxiety and stress, and help leave employees feeling good long after the meeting is over.

Avoid dehydration

Companies should ensure water is easily accessible to employees
More tips and information:

Friedman, R. (2014, October 17). What You Eat Affects Your Productivity. Retrieved March 10, 2016

HRM Guide – Healthy Eating Key to Workplace Productivity. (2012, March 2). Retrieved March 10, 2016

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