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Does Your Health And Fitness Have Anything To Do With Your Work Productivity?
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Does Your Health And Fitness Have Anything to Do With Your Work Productivity?

According to a study that was published in the journal, Population Health Management, both healthy eating and higher levels of exercise are directly associated with improved work productivity. That same study found that people who ate less than healthy diets were nearly seventy percent less productive than peers who made better food choices. People who reported that they seldom or rarely exercised at all were more than fifty percent likely to be less productive as well. In comparison, smokers had a decreased amount of productivity at a smaller rate with less than thirty percent reporting lower numbers for finished work.

Altogether, the overall health of a worker and their productivity numbers were obvious in nearly eighty percent of all cases. Cost wise, those three behaviors, (poor eating, infrequent exercise and smoking) pushes the annual cost of healthcare up by two to three times the cost of the average, healthier worker.

The study used just under twenty thousand people who worked in three separate, large corporations. Researchers at Brigham Young University, Center for Health Research at Healthways and the Health Enhancement Research Organization devised and performed the study. The workers that they enlisted encompassed all eligible age groups and were given specific surveys at the beginning, middle and end of the study. Part of the study gauged how they were feeling on a particular day and how much they felt they were accomplishing.

Researchers found that the group most likely to be affected by their poor health habits were those in their thirties. The least likely to experience a drop in productivity were the people who were sixty or older.

Other studies have also documented worker behaviors that could lead to decreased productivity including sleep deprivation. In the Journal of Vision, researchers found that the amount of sleep that was missed the night before directly affected the level of productivity the following day. Sleep deprivation has also been shown to affect other behaviors including eating and exercise which could double the effect that a missed night of sleep could have on work performance for the employee.

Finally, according to the Business News Daily, certain industries were far more likely to see health behaviors affect the productivity of their workers. Those most directly impacted industries included the service industry, transportation and similar jobs. Those industries that were least affected by health behaviors, including sleep deprivation were fishing, farming and mining jobs. Construction was also included in that listing.


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good article

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  about 9 years ago

This makes total sense to me. Another spot on article Amie! Love that picture!

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