According to the International Labour Organisation, “Poor diet on the job is costing countries around the world up to 20 per cent in lost productivity.” Some of the causes of malnutrition include inappropriate dietary choices, a low income,difficulty obtaining healthy food, and various physical and mental health conditions. Our internal observations reveal that an alarming number employees in South Africa are undernourished and/or obese making them prone to ill-health. This affects productivity in the workplace. Furthermore, a stagnant economy and a variable and unpredictable climate compounds food insecurity for many South Africans at home, both employed and unemployed.
Add to this the developing coronavirus pandemic and it is almost certain that companies will experience diminished output from their workforce.
To give employees the opportunity at being the best productive version of themselves we advocate developing a progressive health and dietary culture at the company to boost their immune system to combat the Corona Virus.
In light of the spreading coronavirus, below are ten ways to improve general health and vitality in an organisation:
- Wash your hands early and often!
- Take a daily multivitamin or vitamin enriched meal.
- Maintain social distancing – keep at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Eat healthy; lots of fresh vegetables. Avoid sugary and processed fast foods. Read the nutritional information on food labels to see how much sugar the product contains. According to the World Health Organisation, an adult of a normal body mass should consume no more than 25gr (6 teaspoons) of sugar per day. Research shows that excess sugar can cause heart conditions, weight gain and inflammation – all bad for productivity at work.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention. Call your doctors for the nearest coronavirus testing laboratory. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
- Reduce your alcohol consumption – none is better!
- Stop smoking
- Exercise regularly – a minimum of 20 minutes per day. Companies do well to organise and motivate their employees to exercise daily, which is also excellent for general moral and relationship-building.
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