Friday, September 16, 2005

Human Resources: Poor nutrition in the workplace affects productivity

According to a new study by the International Labour Office, poor diets in the workplace is costing countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity.

Christopher Wanjek, the author of the study, "Food at Work: Workplace solutions for malnutrition, obesity and chronic diseases," said: "Poor meal programs and poor nutrition underlie so many workplace issues: morale, safety, productivity, and the long-term health of the workers and nations. But few workers are happy with their meal arrangements."

The report also states that in the United States, direct medical costs accounted for approximately $51.6 billion and lost productivity approximately $3.9 billion - reflected in 39.2 million lost work-days, 239 million restricted-activity days, 89.5 million bed-days and 62.6 million physician visits. I know I shouldn't - but a report that suggests employers should feed their staff better so as to avoid lost productivity, somehow makes me think of Hansel and Gretel.