How food affects job performance and productivity

written by Marieke de Zwaan | Vitality

maart 19, 2024

In the Netherlands, unhealthy diets are estimated to contribute 8.1% to the overall disease burden, resulting in 12,900 deaths annually and €6 billion in healthcare costs (1).

Investing in nutritional awareness within your organization is therefore a strategic move. As an employer, you can not only enhance the health and well-being of your employees but also benefit from increased productivity, reduced healthcare costs, and a stronger corporate culture.

Ultimately, the investment in healthy eating initiatives will pay off in increased profitability and sustainable growth.

Yet, few companies recognize the value of this awareness. This is a missed opportunity.

Here are 7 compelling reasons why investing in nutrition is worthwhile.

Increased Productivity
Healthy foods significantly boosts employees’ concentration and energy levels, directly benefiting productivity. When employees make healthy dietary choices, they receive essential nutrients that optimize brain function and energy levels. This means your team works more efficiently and is better able to handle complex tasks without tiring quickly.

Reduced Absenteeism
Healthy eating strengthens the immune system, reducing the frequency of employee illness. A healthy diet can significantly lower the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This leads to a healthier workforce with fewer health-related costs and absences. Less absenteeism also means a more stable workplace and fewer disruptions in daily operations.

Lower Healthcare Costs
Companies can save significantly on healthcare costs by promoting healthy eating. Healthy employees use medical services less, have fewer doctor visits, and rely less on expensive medical treatments and medications. These savings can be reinvested in other business initiatives, such as training and development, technology upgrades, or business expansion.

Improved Mental Health
Healthy eating habits promote the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine, which are essential for a stable mood and positive outlook. This leads to a happier and mentally healthier team, which not only improves the overall workplace atmosphere but also enhances employee productivity and creativity. Good nutrition also helps reduce stress and anxiety, leading to fewer cases of burnout and psychological issues. Employees who feel mentally well are more engaged, motivated, and able to collaborate better, directly contributing to a positive corporate culture and higher team performance.

Higher Engagement
Health programs, including nutritional initiatives, lead to higher employee satisfaction and engagement. This results in a positive work culture where employees feel valued and motivated. Engaged and happy employees are more productive, loyal, and contribute to your company’s success.

Attracting and Retaining Talent
Investing in employee well-being makes your company more attractive to top talent. Healthy eating and wellness programs position your organization as a caring and forward-thinking employer. This not only helps you attract the best talent but also retain it, strengthening your company’s continuity and growth.

Corporate Social Responsibility
By raising awareness about nutrition, your company can contribute to more sustainable eating habits among employees. This has a positive impact on the environment and the community, and it enhances your company’s reputation as a socially responsible enterprise. This, in turn, can increase your company’s appeal to both customers and potential employees who value sustainability.

Investing in nutritional awareness not only improves the health and well-being of your employees but also provides significant economic benefits for your company. By boosting productivity, lowering healthcare costs, improving mental health, and attracting and retaining top talent, you create a resilient, efficient, and loyal work environment. Investing in healthy eating initiatives is not only a moral responsibility but also a strategic business decision that pays off in increased profitability and sustainable growth.



My lecture: POWERFOOD, a worldly story about food’ highlights the impact of nutrition on vitality. This story is suitable for companies and organizations committed to the vitality and well-being of their people.

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ir. Marieke de Zwaan

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