Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: Healthier food and drink options at work grow in popularity
Employers are recognising that wellbeing can be improved by everything from providing the right working conditions to providing healthy food and drink options, with the latter growing in popularity, according to the latest research from REBA.
‘Employee Wellbeing Research 2017: The evolution of workplace wellbeing in the UK’ from Reward & Employee Benefits Association (REBA) in association with Punter Southall Health & Protection, shows that 86% of employers with a wellbeing strategy made changes to the food and drink options they provide for employees. Of those without a strategy nearly two-thirds (62%) made changes.
The specifics of what employers do in this regard cover a range of options. Half (51%) of those with a strategy added healthier options to the canteen menu. A third had introduced free fruit and the same number had introduced decaffeinated coffee and/or herbal tea options.
A similar amount (32%) of those with a wellbeing strategy had added healthier options to on-site vending machines, provided healthier catering for meetings (29%) or improved the availability of fresh drinking water at work (25%)
“With the amount of time that employees spend at work the influence of food and drink that is available to staff in the workplace can have a huge impact on their diet,” said Debi O’Donovan, director at the Reward & Employee Benefits Association.
“Offering healthier food and drink options at work can therefore prove hugely beneficial to employees and have a more positive impact on productivity and wellness for employers too,” she said.
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