How Your Workplace Habits Can Harm Your Health

By Dennis McCafferty
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    How Your Workplace Habits Can Harm Your Health

    How Your Workplace Habits Can Harm Your Health

    A majority of employees think they're overweight, and they can blame their workplace lifestyle. But there are steps workers can take to get—and stay—healthy.

A clear majority of professionals feel they are overweight, even when they exercise on a regular basis, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. To a large extent, they can blame the workplace lifestyle, findings reveal. Most employees snack on the job, while sitting at a desk all day. They frequently eat more than they should due to stress. And many dine out several times a week instead of bagging their lunch, even though preparing your own lunch is a great way to control portions with healthy ingredients. It helps that many companies provide gym passes, workout facilities and wellness benefits, but more professionals need to take better advantage of these resources. "Employee health is an incredibly important issue for employers, as suboptimal health can negatively impact workplace productivity, efficiency and morale," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "Providing employees the tools they need to get and stay healthy, then encouraging their workers to use these benefits, is a surefire way to maximize your talent and encourage employee loyalty." A total of 3,420 workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.

This article was originally published on 2017-06-21
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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