When we think about the word “health’”, we often think about having a cold, a headache, the flu, and other sicknesses. But our health encompasses so much more, both physically and mentally, and the many illnesses and conditions that are connected. And there are countless factors that can be attributed to our overall well-being, including the foods we eat, how much exercise we get, the environment we live in, our family history, the friends we have, and many more.

When just one of the factors is out of whack – when we’re feeling down, when our bodies are sick, when we are distracted by life in general – it can and does affect our productivity at work. So how can employers and employees ensure everyone is healthy enough and working productively?

First, What it Means to be Productive or Unproductive

Essentially, being productive means that someone is completing or producing quality work tasks at an efficient rate. When someone is producing higher quantities of work, they have improved their productivity. On the other hand, when someone is distracted, procrastinating work on a certain task, or is simply not very efficient at completing a task, they aren’t producing as much work, therefore unproductive. It seems pretty straightforward, right?

At Perkaroma, we are passionate about helping businesses understand their employee’s productivity and how they can help improve it with nutritional snacks and other grocery supplies delivered straight to their desk. It’s easy to see that being healthy or unhealthy can have a direct correlation between being productive or unproductive — have you ever tried working with a headache? But the next step is understanding the solution. Employees typically have access to a variety of unhealthy snacks from the vending machine: cookies, chips, candy, etc. And we don’t have to look too closely at the ingredients of these foods to understand that they can have a negative impact on our physical health. So why not make it easier for employees to access healthy snacks? That is what Perkaroma is all about.

Let’s dive into how our health can affect productivity and how businesses and employers can help their employees increase productivity.

Presenteeism

The opposite of absenteeism, presenteeism is “the practice of coming to work despite illness, injury, anxiety, etc., often resulting in reduced productivity.” Many employees feel like they would rather show up to work sick and get at least some work done rather than stay home and not get anything done. And for those without paid sick days, they are much more likely to come to work sick because if they don’t, they don’t get paid!

Lack of Exercise

It’s recommended that everyone get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise every week. Without the right amount of exercise, it can lead to a variety of health issues. According to the National Health Service, a lack of exercise can be as deadly as smoking. Not being active can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, and even depression. According to a study published in 2016, “being centrally obese decreased the odds of being present at work by 60%.”

Unhealthy Eating

What snacks do you or your employees tend to eat while at work? Donuts, burritos, or baked goods for breakfast, fast food for lunch, chips and candy for in-between meal snacks? While these foods are quick and easy and can, maybe for the short-term, help improve productivity, they can have lasting long-term effects. From the same study published in 2016, “reducing consumption of fatty foods and increasing fruit and vegetable intake significantly improved presenteeism of employees.” Helping your employees eat healthier by providing them with healthy grocery supplies can help them be more productive at work.

Anxiety

Millions of Americans struggle with anxiety, but only a fraction of those seek professional help and have been diagnosed with the disorder. Anxiety can cause feelings of tension, irritability, chest tightness, difficulty concentrating, issues with social and professional relationships, excessive worry, and more. These symptoms will undoubtedly affect how a person functions at work and their productivity. According to an article by Medical News Today, there are a variety of foods that people can eat to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

Illnesses

The list of diseases and illnesses, both mental and physical, that can develop due to a poor diet is vast — heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer, asthma, diabetes, depression, anxiety, low energy, digestive health issues, obesity, and anemia. Not only can these conditions affect productivity, they can also take away from a person’s physical time at the office due to doctor’s visits, hospital stays, or just days where they need to spend at home.

How Can Perkaroma Help Improve Productivity?

It’s simple: we offer a delivery service for healthy grocery supplies. From fresh fruits and vegetables to healthy protein bars, yogurt, freshly baked goods, and thousands of other products. When “Total health-related employee productivity loss accounts for 77% of all such loss and costs employers two to three times more than annual healthcare expenses,” it’s time to make a change in how you approach healthy eating in your office. Sure, you can’t make your employees choose healthy food options, but when the option is there, when healthy foods are at their fingertips, they are more likely to eat healthy, feel better, and be more productive.

Perkaroma makes it easy to get the grocery supplies you need, when you need them. With automatic restocking services, inventory management, and more, you don’t have to worry about what is available to your employees and you don’t need to send someone to the store to get the grocery supplies you need. We’ll handle it all.

We deliver to offices throughout the New York and New Jersey area and we would love to be a part of helping your business succeed. If you want to improve productivity at your office, start by eating healthy! Get in touch with us and learn more from the team at Perkaroma today.