Maintaining the productivity and wellbeing of the workforce is one of the biggest challenges many businesses face. Creating a healthy, happy workforce can require a complex mix of employee incentives, flexible working schemes, ongoing training and development, and even then, there are still no guarantees. If the culture of the business is not a good fit for employees or they have issues with their line managers or team then your best efforts can go to waste.
Although it’s certainly no panacea, simply providing free fruit for employees to eat at work could bring a surprising number of benefits. We’re not saying fruit is the secret to workplace motivation and productivity, but given the health benefits, it certainly won’t do any harm.
So just what are the workplace benefits of different fruits? Let’s take a look…
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in the workplace and given their range of benefits, it’s easy to see why. They contain energy boosting natural sugars which are released gradually to keep energy levels up for longer and improve concentration.
Bananas are also an excellent source of potassium, with one banana providing 400mg, which is more than the recommended daily intake. They also contain a type of protein called tryptophan. The body converts this into serotonin, which is known to improve mood and generally make you happier. Clearly then, a banana a day could keep the disciplinary panel away!
Here are 11 other proven health benefits of bananas.
Grapes will no doubt be enjoyed by many employees outside of work in their fermented, liquid form, but they can also make your team happy during the working day. Grapes are rich in natural sugars which stimulate the brain and help you think faster and recall information more quickly at work.
Grapes are also an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, making them an excellent detox fruit to help you get over the brain fog from the night before. One of the antioxidants they contain is called resveratrol, which can improve circulation and protect the elasticity of the skin. Just what you need when you’re sat in an air-conditioned office all day.
- Oranges, satsumas and tangerines
This type of citrus fruit provides a good dose of vitamin C that boosts the immune system and helps to fortify all round health. This is particularly beneficial in the winter months when those flu germs start to spread. They also contain vitamin B1 which reduces tiredness and stiffness to help create an alert, energetic and healthy team.
Pears are perhaps not everyone’s favourite fruit, but with their juicy, delicious taste, high levels of fibre and large amounts of fructose and glucose, it could give you the quick energy boost you need. As well as reviving tired workers, pears also help to regulate sugar levels in the bloodstream and reduce cholesterol levels, making the humble pear an excellent all-rounder.
Find out more about the workplace benefits of other fruits at Fruitful Office and share your favourites with our readers in the comments below.