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The average employee spends at least one-third of their life at work.
Unsurprisingly, then, the workplace is a hugely influential environment – somewhere that can inspire either healthy, or unhealthy, behaviour.
Although most graduate employers would recognise the value of a nutritious diet and an active lifestyle for their employees’ personal health, many fail to realise the tangible benefits that encouraging these behaviours in the workplace can also offer for their business.
Promoting nutrition and wellness can help to reduce office stress levels, increase productivity, creativity and motivation, and even result in fewer health-related absences.
What’s more, by promoting a healthy environment, employers can help to foster a great public image of their business. With a huge emphasis on wellness over the last few years, being perceived as a company that genuinely cares about the wellbeing of its employees will help to attract graduates – assisting with graduate recruitment and employee retention.
And the best thing? Encouraging health and wellbeing in the workplace doesn’t have to be difficult – nor does it need to mean any big changes to day-to-day office life. Making a few small adjustments can go a long way towards the wellbeing of your employees – and is likely to have a marked impact on the productivity and the long-term success of your business, too.
While you can’t influence what your employees do outside of work, it’s easy to make small changes in your office to encourage a healthy and fruitful working environment. Helping your employees to be healthy and active can increase their productivity, improve the general mood in the office, and even assist in graduate recruitment.
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