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3 easy ways to keep employees hydrated this summer

BOLD Marketing - Wednesday, August 01, 2018

 

As the temperature creeps up, you may notice employees becoming uncharacteristically lethargic and less productive. There could be a simple cause: dehydration.

 

Dehydration means the body is low on water. The best way to avoid getting dehydrated is by consuming plenty of fluids – six to eight glasses a day. Here are some strategies for keeping employees hydrated.

 

1) Make water easy to access.

 

The watercooler has become a workplace staple for one simple reason: It keeps employees productive. Plus, gathering around the cooler can strengthen employee relationships and create a cohesive work environment. Learn more about bringing a water program to your organization. 

 

2) Offer fruits and veggies on-site.

 

Most vegetables and fruits are more than 80 percent water. Even if employees aren’t fond of plain old H2O, they can stay hydrated by munching on these healthy options. As a bonus, the nutrients in fruits and veggies promote employee health and may lower insurance costs. Find out how to bring fruits and veggies to your breakroom.

 

3) Keep sports drinks stocked.

 

As employees sweat on hot days, they lose sodium, potassium and chloride. This makes it hard for the body to function properly and for employees to maintain optimal productivity. Sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade replenish electrolytes to keep employees alert and energized. Stock sports drinks in your organization’s breakroom to keep your team energized and healthy. 

 

If you’re interested in keeping employees productive, schedule a Micro-Market demo to find out how easy it can be. 


 

How a wellness program can lower absenteeism

BOLD Marketing - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The U.S. Dept. of Labor estimates that on any given day, three percent of an employer’s workforce is absent. It comes at a high price – about 21% of total payroll each year – and the affect is even greater when taking into account lost productivity, decreased morale and temporary labor costs.

 

Topping the list of reasons why employees miss work is illness. From seasonal viruses to chronic diseases, employee health takes a major toll on missed work. But there is something you can do to combat it. Workplace wellness programs have been shown to reduce absenteeism for a variety of reasons, including:

 

    • - Lowering stress among workers
        • - Promoting positive, long-term health behaviors
          • - Controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels
    • - Decreasing obesity
     
    All of that leads to a healthier workforce, and ultimately, fewer sick days. Burch Food Services partners with organizations to promote wellness programs through healthy break room food service solutions. Explore what that could mean for your business: http://www.burchfood.com/wellness.html

     

    Why you should add coffee to your workflow

    BOLD Marketing - Friday, May 11, 2018

    Plenty of foods can help you improve your productivity overall.

     

    According to WebMD, broccoli and spinach help with memory retention. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that workers with high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol may have higher absentee rates, but consuming foods like yogurt high in potassium and cooked oatmeal will help lower both.

     

    But none of these foods improve your productivity right now.

     

    If you want an immediate boost to your workflow, a cup of coffee is a better option.

     

    How coffee works so fast

     

    When you’re awake, your body produces adenosine. Adenosine works sort of like an internal clock. As it builds up throughout the day, you’ll get signals to go to sleep.

     

    Caffeine in coffee blocks adenosine from binding with its receptors, so you don’t get those signals. In other words, caffeine is the goalie that stops adenosine from scoring.

     

    The pituitary gland thinks the lack of adenosine binding means something bad is happening – similar to if you broke your arm – and will produce adrenaline, giving you a boost. In addition, caffeine also slows the absorption of dopamine, allowing more to build up which makes you feel good about whatever you’re working on.

     

    This sensation lasts about six hours, helping you to get more work done in a good mood.

     

    Add the convenience of a one-stop coffee shop to your organization and experience an incredible boost to your output.

     


    How to happily crave healthy foods

    BOLD Marketing - Thursday, April 19, 2018

    Have you ever glared with envy at a co-worker who sidestepped the pizza for a salad without complaint? Sure, you could probably eat a salad, but why would you do that when there is perfectly good pizza?
    Wouldn’t it be nice if you wanted the salad instead of the pizza? Wouldn’t it be easier to stay within your daily calories and eat more fruits and vegetables if your body actually craved them?
    Well, there’s good news.
    You can actually train your brain to crave healthy foods. But it takes some willpower to get started.
    To unlock the ability to crave fresh fruit and vegetables, you first have to understand why you desire high-calorie meals.

     

    Typical reasons we crave unhealthy food

     

    1. The price tag
    At a quick glance, the cost of fresh meals can seem higher than alternatives. If you’re trying to keep more cash in your bank account, you might be tempted to see the short-term gains of choosing unhealthy options.

     

    2. The convenience

    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.

     

    3. Emotions associated with sugar, fats and salt

    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.

     

    So how do we kick these habits?

     

    First, decide which of the previous habits most describes your relationship with unhealthy foods. Even if you were nodding your head along to all three, pick one to focus on for now.

     

    Next, you’ll mentally prepare to address those issues. Here are a few examples to help you get started.

     

    “Healthy foods aren’t affordable.”

     

    Last year, the USDA published a study that found the opposite of this myth. Kevin Concannon, former under secretary at the USDA, said “Protein foods and food high in saturated fat, added sugars and sodium were all more expensive than fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.”

     

    Plus, combining a healthy diet with regular exercise is more likely to save you money in the long run due to fewer health issues associated with poor food intake.

     

    “Unhealthy food is easier.”

     

    This is one where you’ll need to summon a little willpower. Food prep can’t get much easier than peeling a banana. Unhealthy foods seem easier because over the years, you’ve probably developed a habit of reaching for them instead of other options. Look at the variety of foods available, and ask yourself if a fresh-food option would really be more difficult to eat.

     

    “Certain foods make me happy.”

     

    The trick here is to ask yourself what it is about these foods that makes you happy. Is it the taste? Do they inspire memories of good times? Once you know why certain foods elicit happy emotions, you can find other activities to fill the gap after you’ve eliminated them from your diet.

     

    Once you’ve established why you crave certain foods, you can change your mindset.

     

    1. Don’t snack mindlessly.
    Eating while browsing the internet, watching TV or working can lead to dissatisfaction. At meals, no matter what you’re eating, tune out distractions and focus on tasting the complex flavors in front of you.

     

    2. Slow down.
    It’s so easy to rush through a meal when you’re hungry but doing so means you’re not able to fully enjoy it. One trick to help you slow down your meal is to drink more of your beverage. Every few bites, set down your fork or lean back from your plate and enjoy a refreshing drink. Water provides a great way to cleanse your palate so your taste buds do not get bored.

     

    3. Find another stress outlet.
    If you’re eating certain foods as a way to feel better, you need to replace that entire activity with something else. Finding someone to talk to might be enough. Some enjoy activities such as using adult coloring books, exercising or journaling.

     

    If you’re reaching for certain foods because you want them to help you feel better, you have to recognize that the feeling will be short-lived.
    Retraining your brain to associate fresh and healthy foods with positive emotions will take time. You didn’t just wake up one day loving sugary or fatty foods – you learned to love them as you aged.
    Start with small changes first – like adding an orange to your usual breakfast – and if you stick to it, you’ll become the co-worker that goes for the salad.

    How employees taking lunch benefits your organization

    BOLD Marketing - Thursday, March 29, 2018

     

    When growing a business, employee turnover rates and productivity levels are major concerns. As you look for ways to retain employees and increase efficiency, you may be overlooking a simple solution: lunch.

     

    On-site breakrooms with a variety of food options promote a strong company culture. Here is how regular lunch breaks produce better employees:

     

     

    Workers accomplish more.

     

    A full day of work takes a toll both physically and mentally. Toward the end of the day, energy levels drop and productivity wanes.

     

    An early afternoon break allows the brain and body to rest for a bit, and a healthy meal provides nutrients to keep employees alert and focused throughout the afternoon. The Staples Advantage Workplace Index reports that 76 percent of employers and workers recognize an increase in productivity following a break. Employees return to their jobs energized and ready to face the afternoon’s tasks.

     

    Workers are happier.

     

    Lunch breaks allow employees to unwind and relieve stress. Getting away from a to-do list lets the mind refocus, so projects don’t seem so daunting. This is especially true if workers dine with friends, discussing ideas and sharing laughs.

     

    Decreased stress leads to higher job satisfaction, improved loyalty and an overall stronger team. As an added bonus, happy workers are 12 percent more productive, according to a University of Warwick study.

     

    Providing an on-site dining solution gives your employees a convenient location to take lunch without having to face crowded parking lots or long drive-thru lines. Find out how Burch Food Services can create customized dining options for your organization. Schedule a Micro-Market demo today.

     

    Three ingredients for an energized morning

    BOLD Marketing - Thursday, March 15, 2018

     

    If you find yourself dragging throughout the day, your morning nutrition may be to blame. Not eating a healthy breakfast means your body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to tackle the day’s tasks.
     
    Boost your energy level and productivity by building a balanced breakfast.

     

    1) Start with protein.

     

    Adding extra protein at the start of the day keeps you feeling full longer, so you snack less later. Protein also helps regulate your metabolism, and regularly eating protein-rich breakfasts reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

     

    Eggs, yogurt and nuts are great ways to include protein in your breakfast.

     

    2) Add complex carbs.

     

    Like protein, complex carbs help regulate metabolism, but they also provide an immediate energy boost and are good sources of fiber. Possibly most important throughout the workday, complex carbs improve concentration and brain function.

     

    Add complex carbs by selecting whole grains, such as oatmeal.

     

    3) Include fruit.

     

    Get a jump-start on your daily food group servings by adding a serving of fruit to your breakfast. With a large variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin C, fruit provides the nutrients your body needs to stay in top shape.

     

    Choose your favorites: bananas, oranges, pineapples and many more.

     

    Even on a tight morning schedule, a balanced breakfast is completely doable. Consider simple combinations like a banana and peanut butter or yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. Stop by a Burch Micro-Market and select nutritious options to start your day.

     

    Can you beat our healthy challenge?

    BOLD Marketing - Monday, March 12, 2018

     

    We get it. New Year’s resolutions are hard.

     

    If you made one to eat healthier, and you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, you’re not alone. According to Statistic Brain, about 22 percent of people resolve to eat better every year. But less than 10 percent feel as though they’re successful at achieving their goals.

     

    Consider our challenge a fresh start.

    1. It’s easier than a yearlong resolution because:

    1. 2. you can complete it during any month
    2. 3. it has only three rules
    3. 4. you don’t have to weigh yourself
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    So what are the rules?

     

    1. We challenge you to add an additional fruit or vegetable to one meal a day.
    2. At least four days out of a week, you must opt for a vegetable instead of fruit.
    3. Potatoes do not count as vegetables during this challenge – sorry, fry lovers.

     

    Follow these tips to increase your odds of success

     

    Grab a handful of carrots
    Baby carrots provide the same crunch and dipping power fries have come to be loved for. Moreover, carrots contain far fewer calories per serving, so you can eat more. They’re also a great source of fiber, and they pack a ton of vitamins per cup.

     

    Let celery and peanut butter make a comeback
    Remember the snack called ants on a log? Celery is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, while peanut butter’s protein acts as a hunger suppressant. Eat these two foods together for a tasty combo.

     

    Customize your yogurt
    Yogurt is a great treat because you can add almost any fruit to it, and it will taste even better – try sliced strawberries. Plus, many yogurt varieties contain essential nutrients to help keep you full. Add fresh fruit to your next yogurt cup, like banana slices or berries.

     

    Why is this challenge achievable?

     

    Many fail to attain their New Year’s resolutions because their goals are hard to measure. And eating healthy isn’t easy to track.

     

    It’s better to start on a smaller, more specific scale and work your way up from there. Months are 31 days or fewer, compared to 365 in a year. Plus, you can break our challenge down into weeks, making it even easier to follow your success.

     

    Good luck! Tell us about your progress on our Facebook page.

     

    https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

     

    3 reasons a breakroom food service program is great for employees

    BOLD Marketing - Saturday, February 24, 2018

    It’s late in the evening. Your stomach is growling, and a project deadline is fast approaching. You could possibly step away for a few minutes, but running out for fast food and dealing with traffic isn’t viable.

     

    Your only option is to power through until you finish, knowing your focus and quality of work will be lower than usual.

     

    Unfortunately, this scenario can be a real-life dilemma for many employees. And those who frequently work long or extra hours without compensation can develop employee burnout. According to Kronos Inc., 95% of human resource leaders surveyed said employee burnout is destroying workforce retention.*

     

    An easy solution for keeping employees motivated, even during the busy season, is a breakroom food service program.

     

    Increase morale
    In a survey of full-time professionals conducted by Seamless, 57 percent** said they would feel more appreciated by their employers if they had food-based perks. That doesn’t necessarily mean food should be free. Simply giving your workforce easy access to a range of high-quality snacks and beverages can make a substantial difference in their moods. Plus, your workforce is more likely to stay on-site during lunch breaks if they have access to a variety of food options.

     

    Build internal relations
    In the same Seamless survey, one out of every two participants said that sharing a meal with another staff member fosters better working relationships.** When employees feel comfortable communicating with each other, they find work more relaxing and beneficial. Stocked breakrooms encourage conversation, breaking down barriers that might stall productivity.

     

    Improve employee retention

    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.**

     

    Opting for a food service program in your organization’s breakroom is an excellent way to thank your workforce for their dedication and to convince new employees that it’s worth sticking around.

     

    Learn how we’re revolutionizing on-site food service. Request a demo.

     

    *https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/employee-burnout-crisis-study-reveals-big-workplace-challenge-2017

     

    **Seamless (https://pages.c.seamless.com/foodintheworkplace2014survey.html)

     

    *** https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2015/10/10/why-do-employees-leave-their-jobs-new-survey-offers-answers/#7e7386157ea1

     

    The Forgetful Person’s Guide to Saving Valentine’s Day (by Visiting Your Breakroom)

    BOLD Marketing - Monday, February 12, 2018

     

    It’s time to face facts: You screwed up. You ran out of time. You ran out of money. Or maybe you just forgot. Stop imagining your impending relationship doom…you can still save Valentine’s Day. Here’s how, with a quick visit to your Burch breakroom.

     

    For the I’m-not-cooking dinner planner
    Grab and go entrée: Surprise your significant other with a little slice of heaven (aka pizza) from your Burch breakroom. If you really want to go above and beyond, throw in a fresh salad too.

     

     

     

    Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

    Burch Valentine Card

     

     

     

    For the I’m-Sweetening-You-Up Valentine
    Your breakroom is full of goodies to satisfy that special someone’s sweet tooth. From chocolate galore to some really great cookies, there’s something for everyone.

     

    Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

    Burch Valentine Card

     

     

     

    For the last-minute desperado
    And if all else fails, go straight to the heart - or stomach - of the matter: a snack cake or cream-filled cupcake. Pretty much no one can resist them; it’s a guaranteed win for those at the end of their rope.

     

    Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

    Burch Valentine Card 3


     

     

     

    3 foods that boost productivity

    BOLD Marketing - Thursday, December 28, 2017

    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: 

     

     

    GREEN TEA

     

    Not only does green tea provide powerful antioxidants, it's also a natural energy booster without negative side effects. 

     

     

    DARK CHOCOLATE 

     

    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. 

     

     

    BANANAS

     

    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.

     

    Source. INC.com