Is providing snacks for the staff an expense or an investment? How about healthy snacks? It should probably be viewed as a smart investment: just think of how much money and work hours can be lost due to employees’ health related issues caused by unhealthy snacking. We all tend to have comfort food or snacks at our desks because of all the stress we are exposed to at work. We eat junk and we do it fast!
So why not divert this train onto a new route of healthy and delicious snacking and arrive at the station of Higher Revenue? Encourage your employees’ better eating habits and observe business improvements that can include, but not limited to:
- Growing motivation and productivity
- Less frequent “sick days”, because during the flu season, nutritious and immunity-boosting snacks like walnuts, almonds, plain yogurt with berries, green tea, and oranges can help reduce susceptibility to contagious illnesses
- Reduced benefits-related expenses
- More productive socializing time and better rapport among employees while in the snacking area
- More chances to be viewed and recognized as an “employer of choice”
So what are the most popular snacks in the office environment?
You are probably familiar with an increasing feeling of hunger almost right after you have an apple… However, fruits are one of the most popular snacks. Plus it is healthy. Then why not try something more filling, like bananas, or avocados, or grapes. They will definitely keep you going for longer, they are nutritious and great tasting – a great alternative to a prepackaged, sugary stuff full of preservatives.
Another great choice would be nuts, which are rich in protein and help satisfy a person’s appetite between meals easily. However, consume them in moderation, and preferably select raw vs. roasted and unsalted vs. salted nuts.
Also try stocking up your snacking cabinets in the office on these tasty treats:
- Other fresh fruits (pears, oranges, pineapple chunks, berries)
- Raw vegetables with zero fat or low-fat dip or hummus spread (you can select single serve portions). Try baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, dried edamame, veggie trays, etc.
- Individual portions of cream cheese or sugar-free jam to spread on whole wheat bagels, unsalted crackers or pretzels
- Cheese strings (mozzarella would be the best)
- Granola bars (beware of food allergies among your employees, select peanut free products) combined with low-fat yogurt
- Light popcorn – delicious with a minimum amount of calories
- Small portions of dried fruit or trail mix
- Skim or 1% milk
- Decaffeinated coffee and tea
There are a couple of other important things to keep in mind if you want to keep your staff happy and healthy.
Ensure there is plenty of good drinking water in the office. It is important for good health to stay hydrated, and it is already proven that soft drinks and even sugary juices are not an alternative. Keep the pop and sodas for different occasions.
Be aware of your employees’ special needs, i.e. food allergies, sensitivities, etc. The simplest way is to do a quick survey and keep the record available for the person in charge of your supplies. Do not forget to include a few questions in regards to their snacking preferences in to this survey.
By all means encourage your staff to become healthy eaters. Be creative as to the means of doing so – arrange special meetings, hold huddles, send them emails with some info to digest, incentivize…
Be a believer and your efforts will return to you through the bottom line.