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Healthy Eating and Exercise Linked With Workplace Productivity

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If you want to get more done at the office, eating right and exercising will help. More science is showing employee productivity is linked to healthy lifestyles.

One example of this appeared in The Huffington Post:

Total health-related employee productivity loss accounts for 77 percent of all such loss and costs employers two to three times more than annual healthcare expenses,” study researcher Ray Merrill, a health science professor at Brigham Young University, said in a statement.

The study included 19,803 people who worked at one of three large companies. The research was conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University, the Center for Health Research at Healthways and the Health Enhancement Research Organization.

Employee Productivity and Healthy Lifestyles

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That’s a large study and some pretty amazing numbers. But it’s information we’ve covered here on The Methodology Blog before, in articles like our discussion of productivity on your lunch break.

The author continues:

Another thing that takes a major blow on productivity? Sleep deprivation.

A study in the Journal of Vision from Brigham and Women’s Hospital shows that the more sleep deprived a person, the worse his or her work becomes, Reuters reported.

“The longer someone is awake, the more the ability to perform a task, in this case a visual search, is hindered, and this impact of being awake is even stronger at night,” Jeanne Duffy, associate neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s, told Reuters.

None of this should be a surprise, of course. We all know that when we are exercising regularly, sleeping adequately, and eating good food we feel better. We know we have more energy. So why is it so difficult for companies to change?

One of the main reasons that organizations have such unhealthy workers is because we’re addicted to working too much. We reward people who put in long hours, and punish people who seem to balance their lives too well.

Until we recognize we have to bring an end to workplace heroics, we’ll continue to have these issues. But you can make a difference in your own life and in your own company. Get plenty of rest. Exercise consistently. Eat right.

Those choices will ensure that you feel good no matter what you do or where you go in your career, or your life.

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