A vital part in the prevention of various health diseases is played by nutrition. There are numerous individual factors that can affect individuals’ dietary behaviour. Therefore, it’s extremely important to reflect on the impact this may have on your team’s overall wellbeing and dietary wellbeing too. HPG plans to implement design strategies and policies within the work environment that increase access to healthy food options for employees by implementing them with an efficient commercial kitchen design. The overall aim is to promote better health and wellbeing through better and more effective nutrient quality.
Poor dietary patterns can be extremely detrimental to our health both in the short term and long term. High consumption of sugar has been linked to a number of various health implications such as diabetes, obesity and depression which can be dangerous for the individual. Depression negatively impacts employees’ mental wellbeing, and behaviour resulting in poor productivity and concentration at work. Over the years we have witnessed a drastic change in cultural food and nutrition practices. Our extremely busy schedules and long workdays are increasingly leading to unhealthy food consumption and an unhealthy lifestyle. The convenience of eating on the go and snacking can become all too tempting for a lot of us which can again become deadly for us as it can lead to various ailments and problems including heart disease. This can have countless consequences such as low fatigue, decreased mental effectiveness, lower energy levels, difficulty to concentrate and decreased productivity.
All this can be easily prevented by providing healthy nutrition at the workplace. For example, HPG’s commercial kitchen design strategies are helping some companies develop edible gardens right in the office campus where you can directly pick the ingredients for your food and have it cooked as per your liking which will provide an instant fresh meal for most employees. The International Labour Organisation found that poor nourishment can reduce the productivity of an individual by up to 20 per cent. Employees who consumed regular fruits, grains and vegetables had higher levels of productivity compared to those who were having an unhealthy diet. HPG suggests and can plan to equip your work environment with communal eating areas. This can encourage mindful eating behaviours as employees interact and monitor each other’s dietary patterns and behaviour. The consumption of fruit and vegetables can prevent sluggish feelings that inhibit a person’s usual creativity and productivity levels.
In an office, which has been consulted by HPG for the nutritional well being of its employees, it maintains a rule to have at least one of their Five-a-Day fruit and vegetable intake through daily organic deliveries. This is a great and easy way to promote healthy eating and wellbeing in your workplace on a regular basis which can enhance the results of the company and make the employees feel better and more healthy.
In very stressful environments and workplaces, it is especially important to monitor specific dietary habits such as excessive sugar and salt intake. It’s a vicious circle where stress alters the eating patterns of an individual. People suffering from stress are more likely to crave foods that are high in fats, sugars and salts. Promoting the consumption of foods high in Vitamin B5, such as eggs, chicken, and nuts, can consequently reduce the stress hormones of an individual and enhance a mental reaction to tasks and make the mind more effective in stressful situations. In an office designed by HPG, HPG helps decrease stress levels by designing break out areas to encourage socialising. Incorporating communal eating spaces in the office places focus and thought primarily on the process of better eating habits and dietary behaviour. In addition, they are also a great approach to reducing stress levels of the employees caused by isolation during the meal breaks.
HPG is the way to go, for a healthier, and more effective workplace through their effective consulting on Commercial kitchen design and planning. Consult us at HPG now to design and implement changes in your workplace and kitchen so as to make it more effective and health-conscious. We at HPG, give your kitchen a more commercial kitchen design for nutritional wellbeing of your employees and members of your company.
An article by Sayam Raj Sagar