10 Bad Habits that Should Be Banned from the Workplace

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Don't Multi-Task While Eating

Mindless eating (eating while your head is focused on something else) typically results in eating faster and consuming more calories than if you were seated at a dining table and paying attention to what you eat. Even worse than eating at your desk? Eating take-out food at your desk!  Americans eat in a restaurant five times a week, according to a recent survey conducted by Living Social.

Instead:

  • Bring in your own snacks and lunch.
  • Eat away from your primary workspace. Keep food and drinks away from your keyboard tray… gross!
  • Invite your colleagues to have lunch with you and use eating time to connect face-to-face. If you work remotely, host a "virtual lunch" via Skype.
  • Work with your local food service provider or local restaurants to provide healthy options for meetings and events.

Why?

You will automatically make better choices when you are eating without multi-tasking, because you are more aware of what you are putting in your mouth. If you can find a pleasant environment to eat in with a colleague, all the better.

As technology has evolved and more and more work is completed using computers, many workers have found themselves in sedentary office jobs. Leigh Stringer, author of "The Healthy Workplace," says it's not that we aren't working hard, but that "what our minds and bodies need at a basic level is in conflict with our work style. We are so focused on work, on getting things done, that we've changed the way we eat, move and sleep in a way that is actually counter-productive."

According to Stringer, taking care of worker health and wellbeing is one of the most effective ways to increase employee productivity and engagement. As an example, think back to a night when you got a full night's sleep and compare that to a night when you stayed out a bit too late with friends. How did you feel the morning after your night with friends? Probably not bright-eyed and bushy tailed, ready to take on the challenges of the day. It's important to put your health first, as everything hinges on that baseline.  

So what are some of those unhealthy habits that we need to break? In this slideshow, Ms. Stringer offers up a comprehensive list of the "don'ts," with suggestions on what to do instead.

 

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