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Workplace Nutrition and Physical Activity in Improving Productivity
Posted by Insightlink on 03/17/22
Increasing productivity in the workplace and reducing the impact of fatigue involves changing habits. In order to cope with difficulties, numerous changes in habits and lifestyle are constantly required. Nevertheless, the results are worth it. The following are recommendations, including proper nutrition and exercise. All workers should consider them because they will improve health and safety performance and increase productivity.
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Creation of favorable conditions in the workplace
Human circadian rhythms can be easily disrupted by insufficient natural light, which can exacerbate feelings of fatigue. In addition, a slight temperature change can also have a significant impact on energy levels and productivity.
Bright light promotes wakefulness and improves productivity but can lead to problems with people's internal clocks. The body needs natural light to reach its optimal level of functioning. Natural light makes people less sleepy and helps them work longer. This means that providing natural light whenever possible can help prevent fatigue.
Temperature can also affect productivity. The lower temperature requires energy to be diverted from the brain to heat the rest of the body. When this happens, the brain is likely to work less well, and people are more prone to making mistakes. Ensuring a comfortable temperature in the workplace can prevent this.
While it may not seem like nutrition has anything to do with productivity, it significantly impacts energy levels. That's why it's worth giving workers the information they need to encourage certain eating behaviors and habit changes. Even mild dehydration can harm a person. This increases the feeling of lethargy and slows people down. To address this issue, keep in mind that not all fluids are created equal when it comes to hydration.
Carbonated and sugary drinks will give a person a short-term boost of energy, but they will soon be followed by failure. It is best to drink water. A workplace water cooler is always a good idea, as it provides workers with easy access to it.
Vitamin intake can also help you with energy levels during work hours, especially in hot work environments, as people need more energy than usual in these conditions. A good idea would be sugar-free gummy vitamins and a regular reminder to drink water.
Exercise and warm-up
Studies have shown that exercise can help relieve stress, improve overall health, and boost immunity. Physical activity has also been shown to increase energy levels. Studies show that people who exercise at low intensity three times a week reduce fatigue levels by half. An elementary walk a few times a week is beneficial in improving productivity.
The ideal scenario is that the gym has the proper equipment and safe gym flooring, which can help employees feel free, stay active and exercise during work hours.
Even people who lead a sedentary lifestyle and choose to engage in regular, low-intensity exercise can boost their energy levels by 20 percent. So, although it may not seem very attractive, one can start with simple activities, and results will soon follow. Encouraging exercise breaks can help create a healthier and less tired workforce.
Every hour the level of concentration and attention of people falls, fatigue sets in, and their performance suffers. This is a signal that it's time to stop and take a break. These breaks can be simple trips to the toilet, a walk to talk to a colleague instead of texting or just a couple of minutes to walk, stretch and look out the window.
People's brains and bodies aren't capable of continuously working steadily for eight or nine hours straight. Everyone experiences a dip in concentration throughout the day. Recovery breaks are a proven method for allowing the brain to rest and work longer. A few short breaks can increase productivity and are better for employees than working an entire shift with one break in the middle.
About the benefits of sleep
While employees' lives outside the company may seem like a secondary factor in ensuring a safe working environment, their health and safety are just as important outside of working hours. Companies should consider educating their workers on the importance of sleep. Providing free materials and training on sleep hygiene and sleep health can result in more rested staff. It can also encourage them to take naps at home without feeling like wasting time.
This is important because many studies have shown that taking short breaks improves mindfulness. Short naps can improve alertness, communication, and mood. Some companies even provide "break rooms" and actively encourage employees to use them because they know that sleep can boost productivity, critical thinking, and creativity. If you notice some complications in your health then you should immediately attend to a doctor or sign up for Medicaid programs if you can't afford private health insurance.
Many factors contribute to fatigue, and changing or eliminating them can significantly impact employee safety and productivity. We have listed only a few of these factors. Think for yourself what other fatigue-related issues deserve the most attention, and then create a plan that works perfectly for you or your employees. Consider other mitigating factors that cause the lack of productivity.
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