Managers: Here's five ways to keep your staff healthy and happy in 2017

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Managers: Here's five ways to keep your staff healthy and happy in 2017

More and more HR Managers are taking big steps to support employees who want to eat well throughout the day. Here are five ways to support your healthy-eating employees, boosting their productivity and health.

Yoga on the beach. Woodland walks. Acai bowls and green juices.

Jaded from the festive season, many of us would ideally like our January to look a little like the Hemsley sisters’ Instagram feed.

But stepping back into the office can put paid to all that.

Meetings are punctuated by trolleys of uninspiring sandwiches, and long commutes are an exercise in avoiding the pastry stand.

Before you know it, New Year's Resolutions start to fade, only to be replaced by furtive nibbles of the Rocky Road brought in by a kindly colleague.

Yet more and more HR Managers are taking big steps to support employees who want to eat well throughout the day.

Here are five ways to support your healthy-eating employees, boosting their productivity and health.

Get Cooking!

The old adage 'Show, don't tell' is so true. The best way to make sure your team feel enthusiastic about healthy food is to show them how to make it delicious.

Here at Leiths, we can help by teaching large groups of colleagues in our spacious kitchens.
With one teaching chef to every eight students, everyone will get plenty of individual guidance as they learn to cook healthy dishes such as:

  • Butternut squash, coconut and lemongrass soup
  • Spelt salad with hazelnuts and red onion
  • Roast cod with cannellini mash and salsa verde

Every dish is simple yet delicious, following the ethos of the school’s famous founder, Prue Leith.

We're now taking bookings for 2017, so why not email us to discuss your requirements, including group size?

Provide lunch

Have you seen those brightly coloured bags of sweet and salty popcorn on the shelves in WH Smith? Launched in 2010, Propercorn is now the fastest growing snack brand in the UK.

Founders Cassandra Satvrou and Ryan Kohn buy lunch for their team of 40 every single day.

“You know that feeling after a work night out, when everyone’s spirits are high and bonds are strong? We get that every day,” says Ryan.

Educate Everyone

If you know how to eat healthily, it seems obvious, yet not everyone understands what constitutes a nutritious diet.

Make sure everyone knows what to eat to feel energetic, to fight off coughs and colds more effectively, and to ensure they’re getting all the nutrients they need.

Our chefs can demonstrate how to cook healthy, simple dishes, while The Nutrition Coach, Kate Cook, explains the fundamental principles of a good diet.

If you'd like an on-site demonstration, or if you'd like to come to Leiths, email us to discuss your requirements.

Cater Thoughtfully

“Roast pomegranate guinea fowl with cauliflower rice and citrus herb salad” sounds an awful lot tastier than tuna mayo on supermarket white bread.

Happily, it often doesn't cost much more to provide really good food at events and meetings. If you're looking for healthier corporate catering, try City Pantry or Dayan & Webb or, for events, The Hill Food Company.

Keep the fruit bowl topped up

A tired apple may sit in the bowl, but your team will pounce on fresh berries. If you'd like to improve the fruit in your office, try a company like Fruitdrop.

They’ll deliver boxes of fifty pieces of fresh fruit, and you can also order Nutriboxes which are packed full of nutritious snacks to keep hunger levels low and productivity high.

Over to you!

We’d love to hear how you keep your employees healthy and motivated. Let us know by tweeting @leithscooking with the hashtag #leithshealth.

Jen Coles

Author: Jen Coles

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