workplace stress

Workplace Stress, Schedules Block Healthy Lifestyle: Report

We have noted that workplace stress continues to be an important focus area for a well-run wellness program. Regular engagement and action may help improve employee health and reduce employer health costs.

Indeed, the Integrated Benefits Institute has reviewed extensive data and released a report on “Health and Productivity Impact of Chronic Conditions: Depression and Other Mood Disorders.”

The overview states: “Mood disorders, most commonly diagnosed as depression, not only degrade the quality of employees’ lives — these disorders have business costs for employers and the economy at-large.”

Further: “Helping employees manage chronic illnesses remains one of the most viable strategies for reducing employers’ healthcare and disability costs.”

Now, “new research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) claims that almost half (48 percent) of adults say that busy lives and stress play a large role in stopping them from eating healthily, with 40 percent of adults admitting that being too tired after work is their main reason for not being active,” according to Workplace Insight.

The post continues: “The survey, conducted as part of BNF Healthy Eating Week, questioned almost 500 adults across the UK, and also revealed a number of different factors that affect people’s food choices when at work or university:”

“High workload makes it difficult for a third of adults to eat well, along with finding it difficult to take a proper lunch break.”

“While at work a quarter say they do not have enough time to prepare healthy foods and 24 percent of respondents say there are limited healthy food and drink options available at work or close by; 28 percent say there are too many unhealthy snacks available in their work setting.”

The good news for well-run workplace wellness programs: Members seem to be motivated to eat well.

The post continues: “Despite these barriers, two thirds (68 percent) of survey respondents reported that they are motivated to eat healthily to control their weight and, when shopping for food, 61 percent of adults say they always or often check nutrition labels on food. Two thirds or more of people surveyed say that the sugar (68 percent), calories (64 percent), and fat (60 percent) are the values they look for on nutrition labels.”