Employers should ban sugar, encourage mental health breaks, and send employees off for a walk around the block if they want to get the best out of their employees, a study recommends.
The study, which is the result of surveys, surveys and interviews at offices in Australia, makes five recommendations for improving workplace production.
But a health expert in the workplace warned that a sugar ban would not be a cure for all the problems that affect workers.
The study by @Workspaces recommended:
COURT office tea room sugar.
IMPLEMENT Mental health breaks down during the day of the word.
INSTALL a privacy room to provide relief of the public nature of the open-plan offices.
To send team around the block for a walk, starting a step program with a daily or weekly minimum.
TO REMOVE all plastic utensils and make the office greener.
The company's founder, Mariska Folley, said that a healthy lifestyle is linked to productive production.
"It's all about health," Folley said.
"This affects every aspect of life if you are unbalanced and lifestyle and workplace are big contributors to this.
"Cutting sugar in the workplace helps workers achieve a healthier lifestyle. It's as simple as removing the vending machines and sugar from the break room and replacing it with honey, bowls and fruit."
The introduction of mental health breaks and privacy rooms is vital to solving mental health problems caused by office work.
"Offices foster a particular mindset, being surrounded by people working hard can lead to feelings of guilt and anxiety," said Folley.
"It's a mindset that needs to be observed and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help deal with it."
Health and stress specialist at the University of Technology Sydney, Carolyn Johns, said demonizing sugar alone is not a cure for workplace problems.
"While a workplace can replace sugar, I would suggest that sugar is unlikely to be the sole contributor to employee stress," Johns said.
"Organizations, therefore, need to look more closely at workplace practices and culture to mitigate the worst effects of stress through carefully planned workplace practices; simply banning sugar will not solve stress in the workplace."
Dr. Johns said the office layout was a stress and wellness factor in the workplace.
"It's commonly assumed that open-plan office layouts facilitate communication and interaction among workers, promoting workplace satisfaction and teamwork effectiveness," said Johns.
"But it is also widely acknowledged that they are more harmful due to uncontrollable noise and the loss of privacy.
"Privacy rooms can be part of a broader culture of well-being, playing an important role as a supportive space for confidential or private conversations."