Marshall’s Mill: Promoting Nutrition & Hydration Week
March 18 2020
Here at Marshall’s Mill, we are promoting nutrition, hydration and well-being in the workplace.
From the 16th to 20th March in the UK is Nutrition and Hydration Week, an annual event aimed to highlight and promote improvements in nutrition and hydration both locally and globally. Health risks such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity can all create problems for any employee or staff member in the workplace and ultimately lead to an unhealthy, unhappy and unproductive environment.
Research from Glassdoor explains how our conception of wellness has to go beyond traditional health measures, to embrace employee wellness and engagement by helping and supporting work-life balance.
In light of the above, Marshall’s Mill has provided 10 top tips for promoting nutrition, hydration and well-being in your workplace.
Set a hydration challenge
Water is vital for our bodies. Not only does dehydration cause excessive loss of water and salts from the body, which allows our muscles to function properly, but it also affects our productivity at work. Being 3-4% dehydrated can lower your work performance by approximately 25-50%. Dehydration causes dizziness, light-headedness and tiredness – all adding to the loss of productivity.
Combat this with a Hydration Challenge in your office, giving employees their own water bottle (be funky, personalise a reusable bottle #sustainable) and challenge all employees to drink at least 1 lite per day throughout the week.
A balanced day at work equals a more productive workday. According to research by CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) which explores trends and practices in well-being in UK workplaces, multitasking decreases productivity.
Employees who are constantly switching from answering the phone, checking emails and other tasks can build up higher stress levels and become less productive therefore it’s important to encourage employees to single-task rather than multi-task.
Go healthy for lunch
At the Round Foundry & Marshall’s Mill, we have many different eateries all offering healthy choices for lunch. We have David St Café, Matt Healy x The Foundry, Out of the Woods, Taste, The Cross Keys and The Midnight Bell.
Do you find employees snacking on crisps, biscuits and chocolates throughout the day? Allow your employees to take an hour’s lunch and grab a healthy lunch this week whether this is paid for by the company or the employees, the opportunity will be a chance for employees to eat healthier and appreciate their workplace.
Plant-based foods improve mood and productivity, so you could always offer a selection of fruit, vegetables, nuts or more once a week as a treat.
Try and consume fewer drinks containing caffeine
According to health expert, Janae Brown (ARNP) from UnityPoint Health, “Caffeine is a stimulant, it can increase heart rate and blood pressure, which impacts someone’s overall health”. Brown also advises that a healthy adult shouldn’t have any more than 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. Short-term effects can include trouble sleeping (insomnia), feeling jittery, anxious and restless.
Cut down the caffeine in the office by offering decaf options – it tastes just as nice!
Find a healthy recipe book
There are many different cookbooks that can help you keep healthy whilst at work. For example, The Leeds & West Yorkshire Cookbook is a delicious recipe book that also tells you relevant, fun stories around Leeds and Yorkshire.
If your team don’t want to eat out for lunch every day, you could make sure they are aware of what is a healthy option to pack in lunches. Swap the snacks for fruits and vegetables – even bring a bit of hummus to dip carrot sticks into and provide a quick guide to top-rated healthy cookbooks that are available in local stores to help promote healthy cooking at home.
Create flexible working hours
Flexibility can allow employees to structure their day to suit their lifestyle and strengths at work. Some people may work better earlier in the mornings than later in the day and vice versa.
Kick out the habit of set working hours (e.g. 9am-5pm with an hour lunch) and focus on the quality and effectiveness of employee’s work, leading to better outcomes and results.
Plan exercise or yoga
So, this guide might only state hydration and nutrition however, from eating healthier you will see an increase in energy from employees. Research in Australia found that employees who walked 10,000 steps a day and exercised in the gym three times a week, tended to be more productive than those who only walked 10,000 steps a day.
At Round Foundry and Marshall’s Mill, we have motiv8 on site who offer plenty of different classes as well as Yoga with Alex every Tuesday. Promote local classes in the area for your employees to take part in either in their own time or an hour of work on a chosen day this week.
Training and development
Training and development opportunities add value to both the workplace and the individuals. As well as improving employees skills, training and development allow employees to gain personal achievements whilst exposing them to new and interesting learning environments which generally are positive and motivational counteracting any negative stressful pressures they could be feeling.
Implementing in-house training courses can be time-consuming if this is not possible there are plenty of external courses available across Leeds and Yorkshire, many free too. At Marshall’s Mill we are keen to help and support our tenants and therefore frequently hold skills development events. Check out our most recent Negotiation Skills Workshop for Business here.
Implement a new type of meeting
Meetings can sometimes seem boring and don’t get much engagement from employees. Instead of hosting all of your meetings cooped up inside a dark room lacking natural light, if possible, take a walking meeting. Take a walk outside around the building or in our case around the lovely estate. As well as the exercise encouraging a fresh perspective it is also keeping employees healthy and motivated.
Organise a social wellness event
Likely causes of stress at work can include tight deadlines, lack of support or workload pressures among other factors such as mental health; anxiety and depression. In order to keep a positive and productive company, your employees need to be happy and healthy.
One way to do this is to hold company wellness day at work including popular activities. This can include cooking classes, stress management sessions, puppy days, staff surveys and much more. Wellness days offer a comprehensive, strategically designed investment in employees’ mental, physical and social health benefiting both yourself, your employees and your business.
We have a wonderful way of working and living in our corner of Leeds and would love to tell you all about it. If you’re interested in viewing any of our available office space, please contact us.