Is it anyone's job to tell a manager what they should and shouldn’t be eating?
These are interesting questions that have only developed any relevance in recent years.
Here’s the way we look at it. You want and need your people to thrive in order for your business or department to thrive. Modern businesses don’t need people to do simple repetitive tasks, they need people to work collaboratively, be creative and treat customers with enthusiasm. For that, you need people that feel good. For people to feel good they need to be healthy. For people to enjoy good health they need to know how to be healthy and have the motivation to engage in behaviors that lead to good health. The modern world is set up to encourage too much work and too little health. Unsurprisingly this is leading to businesses and people being hampered by poor health.
Ultimately this is bad for everyone but it’s businesses that take the financial hit through both lost opportunity and sickness. It makes a lot of sense for you to take a proactive approach to prevent this. You do that by looking at the most common areas of struggle, giving people the tools to overcome that struggle, AND creating an environment that supports the right behaviors. Nutrition starts with providing your people leaders with basic education on how to structure a healthy diet. This training should include insights into the difference between a diet for health and a diet for athletic performance. It should include insights on how alcohol and treated foods can still be enjoyed as a part of a healthy diet.
It should include insights on how eating more often leads to better energy, better focus, and healthier body weight. Managers should leave with a clear plan on how to structure healthy days worth of nutrition around their diet preferences. For bonus points, you should then follow this up with a simple company or team-wide nutrition challenge throughout the year such as the 800g fruit and veg or healthy breakfast challenge. When your managers and leaders make efforts with their nutrition, their teams take notice creating a ripple effect throughout your organisation.
You’ll also get the bonus of your managers and people leaders feeling genuinely cared about and invested in, leading to higher levels of engagement and retention.
So the question is, why wouldn't you help your managers with a nutrition plan?
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Mike Jones Better Happy Founder
Mike founded Better Happy in 2018.
He now works with a variety of businesses ranging from small accountancies up to large organisations such as Travelodge on improving employee happiness. Mike's vision and the vision of Better Happy is 'Every employee happy, every business thriving'