Is your organisation communicating ‘your wellbeing is important to us’?
Research by NetworkWellness Ltd. found that most organisations surveyed, failed to communicate: “Your Wellbeing is Important to Us”. Those organisations are missing a major building block in their engagement strategy. Most organisations have the potential to increase the competitive effectiveness through better staff engagement. This subtle message increases employee effectiveness through improved teamwork, motivation and willingness to succeed. Whilst individual managers can do a lot for engagement, the organisation as a whole needs to incorporate values of wellbeing and continuously work on demonstrating these values in communication and by taking action. This is why we at thenutritionhealer want to help and provide tools for effective workplace engagement.
Fabulously Fresh Food:
According to the study by University College London, which examined the eating habits of 65,000 people in England between 2001 and 2013, consuming large quantities of fruit and vegetables significantly lowered the risk of dying early. Specifically, researchers found that eating seven helpings a day of fruit or vegetables could reduce a person’s overall risk of premature death by 42 per cent when compared with people who ate just one portion. Still, even seven-a-day was deemed not enough and 10 considered the optimum number, as the protective effect increases with every extra portion.
Life-style and work related stress produce free radicals in the body, which cause deterioration and decay. This is called oxidative stress. More-over the free radicals multiply extremely fast and cause even greater damage once on the increase.
A number of substances grouped under the classification ‘anti-oxidants’ fight these free radicals and destroy them, thus preventing their epidemic like spread.
On average, organic fruit has more anti-oxidants than non-organic fruit and is more effective at fighting oxidative stress.
Additionally, toxins can have the same effect on causing the free radicals to increase and produce oxidative stress. Organic fruit does not only contain more anti-oxidants but also much less (up to none) toxins than non-organic fruit.
Oxidative Stress (caused by toxins, work related and lifestyle stress) results in deterioration and cell decay. Similarily, the process of aging is also a process of deterioration.
High levels of anti-oxidants fight the oxidative stress and thus delay signs of aging and effects of stress on the body.
Organic fruit have higher levels of anti-oxidants and lower levels of toxins than their non-organic siblings.
Organic farming as opposed to intensive food production, is miles better for the environment.
Non-organic and intensive production polutes the rivers with excess nitrogen and fertilizers, leaves chemical residues in the food and poses a risk to workers.
Future generations will have to deal with a planet which has been damaged by intensive farming. Choosing non-organic produce will delay the problem for the next generation.
Four drivers of work-engagement:
The extent to which the organisation is concerned for employees’ health and well-being is the final pillar of engagement. Here, at the nutritionhealer, we will help your organisation communicate to your employees that their well-being is important to you.
The opportunities employees have to develop their jobs is an important factor of engagement. When job descriptions are rigid and not able to evolve and grow with the person, then engagement will also stop growing.
The extent to which employees feel able to voice their ideas, and managers listen to these views, and value employees’ contributions. Not being listened to and heard on the other hand is a source of frustration for employees.
The involvement in decision making is the number one driver of engagement. Being able to influence the outcome is important. If the employee is replaceable to the company, so is the company replaceable to the employee.
Work engagement is ‘a positive attitude held by the employee towards the organisation and its values. An engaged employee is aware of business context, and works with colleagues to improve performance within the job for the benefit of the organisation. The organisation must work to develop and nurture engagement, which requires a two-way relationship between employer and employee.’
(Institute of Employment Studies, UK)
Lunch & Learn Presentations:
These forums give staff the opportunity to discuss common barriers to performance such as stress, poor work/life balance, family problems and long-term illness and learn about different strategies for managing them and building resilience.
- What are the benefits of raw foods in the diet?
- How your response to stress is linked to your body type?
- Human energy, what it is and how to keep it vibrant & engaged ?
- Digestion, detoxification and their roles in long term health or disease?
- Organic, our choice or duty?
- Positive aging; how to look and feel younger?
- Surviving Menopause & Andropause naturally.
- Did you know Vata plays a role in experiencing back and joint pain?