Running through the drive-thru before or after work is easy. Taking the time to slow down and think about what you’re eating and how it fits with the rest of what you’ve eaten that day can be hard work.
Almost everyone has some sort of treat on their birthday. Over time, we associate treats with celebrations and good feelings. Ever stress eat when things don’t seem to be going your way? This habit is basically a ritual to summon good feelings – even if those good feelings don’t address the problem causing you stress.
Eggs, yogurt and nuts are great ways to include protein in your breakfast.
1. It’s easier than a yearlong resolution because:
According to Forbes, employees who are happy and have good relationships in the workplace are less likely to jump ship – saving you money trying to find and train replacements.*** In fact, in the Seamless survey, 41 percent said that food perks with their current employer would deter them from accepting an offer from another company.**
Everyone has ups and downs when it comes to their work. But if you feel like you've been dragging recently, making some quick additions to your diet might
be just the boost you need to get back on track. Check out our top three favorite "superfoods" to help you stay energized and focused in the workplace:
Not only does green tea provide powerful antioxidants, it's also a natural energy booster without negative side effects.
The caffeine in dark chocolate comes in handy for feeling more energetic, and it can help you focus as well. Plus, it contains magnesium, a natural stress reliever.
Grab a banana to get your daily dose of energy-enhancing glucose without unneeded carbs. It'll fill you up as a snack between meals, helping you concentrate on your work instead of your next meal.
And the very best part of these productivity-boosting foods: You can find all three in your Burch Micro-Market.
If you don’t feel awake until you’ve had your daily dose of caffeine, studies show you’re probably right.Research consistently links productivity, focus and energy with the regular consumption of caffeine.
BUT DID YOU KNOW?
While caffeine is praised for its energizing properties, the stimulant has several other health benefits for those who consume it regularly.
Caffeine may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Because caffeine blocks brain inflammation, those who regularly consume it have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. This is also why you see caffeine as a primary ingredient in headache and migraine relievers.
Caffeine and memory
In addition to impeding brain inflammation, research has further shown that caffeine bolsters brain function and memory retention. In fact, a study following participants who consumed 200 milligrams of caffeine – or about two cups of coffee – scored significantly higher on a memory exam compared to those who had no caffeine.
Coffee and diabetes
While less related to caffeine specifically, various studies have concluded people who drink around four to six cups of coffee daily benefit from a 50 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Further, simply cutting down on coffee can result in a higher risk of developing diabetes. Research also suggests that three compounds found in coffee block the formation of a protein connected with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
Caffeine and other diseases
Consuming a moderate amount of caffeine daily may also reduce the risk of developing
Many coffee facial scrubs are at the top of skin care best-seller lists – and with good reason. Just as caffeine soothes brain inflammation, it also reduces
skin inflammation and redness when applied topically. Those who use makeup infused with caffeine see inflammation reduced nearly instantly and look
Caffeine and a healthy workforce
If you want more alert employees, inspire them to start their day with some coffee. Not only will they be more alert, they’ll seem more approachable with a cup of coffee in their hands.Plus, an employee coffee gathering spot can serve as a place for vital company bonding.
For most people, a cup of coffee or two a day can make a lasting difference in their overall health – thanks to the caffeine.
Of course, the right coffee makes a difference too: Sample John Conti.
Building a motivated and successful workforce begins with one key ingredient: loyalty. Loyalty is the difference between your team volunteering to stay late when a project is on deadline and hitting the road with the job half done. When asked by friends if your employees enjoy their job, loyalty is what motivates an enthusiastic “yes.”
While easy to discuss, loyalty isn’t simple to build or maintain. But there are some simple steps you can take to help lay the foundation, and it starts right in your breakroom. With a few changes, you can boost company morale, increase productivity and create happily loyal employees.
Upgrade your breakroom with free coffee and supplies.
A functioning coffee spot can vastly motivate employees to arrive to work on time – they won’t have to stop for coffee or brew it at home. Throw in extras like creamer, sweetener, sugar and stirrers, and they’ll be able to make it just the way they like. The caffeine in coffee already acts as a productivity reinforcement, but branding the beverage as an employee perk will make it seem like a reward for continued good work. When employees feel rewarded for their actions, they’re more likely to stay with your organization and produce the results you need.
Dub a day of the week or month “Lunch Break In.”
Team building doesn’t have to mean taking a day to half-heartedly solve color-coded puzzles. Instead, keep team building low key and free of pressure by hosting a meal on-site. Encouraging employees to frequently eat together will improve communication overall. Because breakroom tables create environments for natural conversation, communication among employees will grow stronger and solidify a broad sense of companionship and – you guessed it – loyalty to each other and their employer.
Make eating convenient instead of a chore.
Packing a lunch before work isn’t the most fun task in the world. And forgetting to pack a lunch when you work somewhere that doesn’t offer the means to easily obtain food requires you going off-site or going hungry. When employees leave the property or go without food entirely, productivity decreases. Employees with easy access to snacks, beverages and meals are more likely to perceive work as a positive setting.
By providing tasty food options, like those in a Burch Micro-Market, employees can buy a variety of their favorites without going off-site. It’s more convenient than packing a lunch, and Burch Micro-Markets can be completely customized to your workforce, including supporting wellness initiatives.
Take the first step toward improving employee loyalty: Learn more about Micro-Markets.