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How Your Health Habits Affect Your Productivity at the Office

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Employees with poor health habits are typically less productive compared to employees who practice healthy habits, according to a new study published in Population Health Management [Phys.org].

Brigham Young University researchers collected data on 19,803 employees from three large companies. They found that employees with unhealthy diets were 66 percent more likely to report productivity loss compared to healthy eaters, while workers who rarely exercised were 50 percent more likely to report lower levels of productivity compared to active co-workers.

The study also found: 

  • Employees between the ages of 30 and 40 were most likely to suffer productivity loss.
  • Employees 60 or older were least likely to report productivity losses.
  • Women were more likely to report productivity loss compared to men.
  • Employees who had a hard time exercising during the day were 96 percent more likely to report productivity loss.
  • Employees who rarely eat fruits, veggies, and other healthy foods were 93 percent more likely to experience productivity loss.
  • Workers who didn't believe their employer would support their healthy habits were more likely to have a decrease in productivity.

"Nutrition is one area where you can make a few simple upgrades and reap the benefits immediately," says Kris Bio, nutrition director at Core Performance. "If we can encourage employees to think of food as fuel that can increase their energy and enhance their focus, we can improve their health and productivity."  

Tags: Health, Work