Is work making your staff fat?

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Are your staff working in a high stress and low movement? Welcome to the perfect combination for weight gain. Almost half of workers (44%) said they had gained weight in their current jobs, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.

More than a quarter gained 10 pounds while 16% gained more than 20 pounds – and some industries are higher risk than others.

The top 10 jobs which lead to weight gain are:

  1. Travel Agent
  2. Attorney/Judge
  3. Social Worker
  4. Teacher
  5. Artist/Designer/Architect
  6. Administrative Assistant
  7. Physician
  8. Protective Services (Police, Firefighter)
  9. Marketing/Public Relations Professional
  10. Information Technology Professional


From sitting all day to eating at their desks – workers blamed a range of factors for their weight gain. Some couldn’t avoid the temptations of the candy jar, while others said they ate because of stress. Workplace celebrations and generous co-workers were blamed for a combined 28% of weight gain, with workers saying they felt pressured to eat the food brought in.

See also: Let's get physical: are your staff fit for work?

“More and more companies are implementing healthy living initiatives in the workplace,” Rosemary Haefner, VP of HR at CareerBuilder, said. “Twenty-eight percent of companies provide gym passes, workout facilities or wellness benefits for their employees, but only 10% of workers say they take advantage of the benefit. It’s important to tap into those resources to stay healthy and energized and potentially more productive,” she added.

See also: Workplace weight loss: fit to fail?

Tips for a fitter workplace

Looking to encourage your workers to stay healthy this summer? Try implementing some of these easy steps:

  • Encourage people to take the stairs. Posters by the elevators can convince staff the stairs are the healthy option, and make sure the stairway is well-lit and appealing.
     
  • Did you know about 10% of employees get their lunch from the vending machine once a month? Ask about including healthier options in the range stocked.
     
  • Talk to nearby food stores about a company discount. Many would be happy to provide a 10% discount, and if you choose sushi and sandwiches, instead of the local pizza place, you’re encouraging staff to eat these healthier options.
     
  • Thirst quenching: a whopping 10% of our energy on average comes from soft drinks. Having a water filtration system is a simple step that could make a big difference to what your workers are consuming.

 

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