In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years worldwide and older were overweight. Of these over 600 million adults were obese.
Should companies take care about their workers’ eating habits?
At first glance, it might seem unclear why an employer should care about what employees eat for lunch. But in fact, employer should be more concerned about what workers eat for lunch, because healthy meals can lead to better outcomes for companies including increasing productivity and motivation. It can also improve the employer’s image to outside customers and clients.
There are a number of ways to make employees eat healthier such as adjusting the food on offer in canteens, education programmes for healthy food and making agreements with healthy food restaurants and suppliers.
Overall, for every euro invested in workplace health promotion, companies can expect a return on investment ranging from €2.50 to €4.8 – due to higher work presence. So, good meals together with physical activity at work will make employees happy, healthy and productive.