Role Of Nutrition In Workplace Productivity

Friday, February 21st, 2020 | 2158 Views

Workplace productivity is commonly evaluated in terms of absenteeism or presenteeism. Reduced performance has been associated with greater employee turnover, more disabilities, and increased healthcare costs.  However, few studies on workplace interventions for health have used productivity or work performance as the endpoint.

In a comprehensive review of health-based intervention programs in the workplace and their impact on employee performance, Dr Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology called for more research into potential links between food supplements, dietary nutrient density, and productivity in the workplace. According to Dr Drewnowski, evidence linking workplace diet-related interventions with increased workplace productivity was sparse.

“The one consistent underlying assumption was that the planned nutrition-related interventions, which led to healthier diets, would improve workplace productivity in the long term,” he wrote. “However, in most cases, workplace productivity was not measured.”

He also addressed a potential role for supplementation in delivering improved workplace performance. In conclusion, a two-pronged approach to future research would be needed in order to promote a “nutrition-driven economy”.

“Dr Drewnowski has identified, for the first time, a gap in our understanding of the role of nutrition and supplementation in the workplace. His review lays the groundwork for a discussion about how we can address this knowledge deficit through targeted research. IADSA looks forward to engaging with stakeholders to explore how we can best achieve this,” Simon Pettman, IADSA Executive Director, commented.


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