Survey explores workplace eating and wellness
Toronto – More than half of Canadian human resources managers reported their organization has decreased their health and wellness offerings in the past five years, according to recent surveys that also delve into employee habits.
Companies that aren't focusing on employee health and wellness should make it a New Year's resolution, staffing service OfficeTeam, developer of the surveys, said in a news release that included an infographic.
Human resources managers were asked to name the most innovative thing they've heard of a company doing to support employee health and wellness. Responses included the following:
· Offering onsite exercise, meditation, yoga and healthy cooking classes
· Providing free massages
· Having trained health-care providers in the office
· Providing additional days off for mental health
· Offering onsite personal trainers
· Contributing healthy onsite snack and meal options
"As expectations for workplace well-being evolve, companies have an opportunity to significantly impact their employees' overall health and happiness at work," said Koula Vasilopoulos, a district president for OfficeTeam, in the release.
"Organizations that make wellness a priority, and empower staff with resources that encourage healthy-living at and outside the office, ultimately promote an attractive work environment, and a more productive and loyal workforce."
· Employees cited food at office celebrations and snacks brought in by colleagues as the biggest obstacles to meeting health and wellness goals.
· Nearly a third of professionals said they eat healthier when they work from home. Of all respondent groups, male employees and those ages 18 to 34 reported this most often.
· More than three-quarters of professionals bring their lunch to the office. Women were more likely than men to pack their meals.
· While more than a third of employees are fans of the office candy jar, the same percentage have a love-hate relationship with it. Workers ages 18 to 34 are especially enthusiastic about this supply of sweets.
The surveys of workers and HR managers were developed by OfficeTeam and conducted by independent research firms. They include responses from more than 300 HR managers at Canadian companies with 20 or more employees and more than 1,000 Canadian workers 18 years of age or older.