Healthy Office Catering: Super Foods

£100billion is a huge amount of money, the kind of money most tech start-ups can only dream of seeing when they float. But this figure isn’t some super slick app’s pre-IPO valuation; this is the crazy sum that UK workers taking sick days cost the national economy.

And while that’s based on 130 million sick days a year, no matter the size of your company, the more you can do to keep your staff healthy, the greater long term rewards you will see, both financially and in terms of creating a more positive workplace.

Let’s face it, most employees will spend more than a third of their waking week at work so you, as the employer, pay a big part in your staff’s health. And one of the easiest and cheapest ways to accomplish this is by providing healthy food on site with healthy office catering.

Not only does this make it so much easier for your staff to make better choices for their own personal health, but if you invest in food that’s both super delicious and scientifically proven to have a positive impact on productivity, mood, and concentration, you’re making the first step to creating a killer working environment. Here are some super foods that fit in well with the office.

Let’s start with the mighty avocado, not only does this bundle of gloopy goodness help lower cholesterol, working to keep your staff away from the sick bed, but it is also filled with antioxidants that increase blood flow to the brain which, studies show, fires up planning and critical thinking. We can’t think of a better reason to get the office catered with tempting California rolls, or delicious Mexican wraps stuffed with guacamole.

But if it’s lots of inspiration and good ideas you are after, then again the right foods can help and you need to think about hunting down London’s best dark chocolate supply. Obviously best combined with a bout of exercise, studies show eating dark chocolate boosts creativity. Maybe this doesn’t include melt-in-your-mouth cacao brownies, but who are we to stand in the way of the buds of innovation?

And no matter how many management tricks you have up your sleeve to create a calm working environment, one of the best ways to help alleviate bad moods and stress is by having a break and eating healthy.

Of course, stopping whatever you are doing and taking some time out is a great way to think pragmatically about the task in hand anyway. But combining this with eating slow-energy releasing foods filled with mood-improving folic acid (things like leafy vegetables, citrus fruits and beans)  will help soothe tensions, boost morale, and get the task done. Dishes like a tender broccoli and beef salad, tossed with almonds and a citrus dressing is going to be bang on in putting the A game back into your team.

Finally if all else fails, and your team’s productivity is lagging, you should look to the memory-boosting superfood that is the humble egg.  Whether scrambled on a bagel with smoked salmon (which is another incredible brain-boosting wonderfood) – or simply poached with spinach, eggs have been shown to increase focus and stamina - the perfect work accompaniment.

By investing in your staff’s health and happiness today, you can help put off the cost of sickness in the future and as Richard Branson himself said: “A healthy workforce is a more engaged and productive one.”

 

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