The health benefits that can boost your business

How can supplying fresh fruit to employees boost your bottom line?

In partnership with Fruitdrop

In the UK we typically spend around 40 hours a week at work – that’s about 60% of our waking hours – which means that a high proportion of the food we eat will be consumed during the working day. While it’s tempting to keep a desk drawer full of sugary snacks or reach for the communal biscuit tin whenever we feel an energy slump coming on, we can’t ignore the fact that we’ve reached a point where almost 62% of adults in the UK are classified as overweight or obese.

Ben Thompson, founder of office fruit delivery service Fruitdrop, believes that it’s hugely important for employers to lead the way in promoting a healthy lifestyle – starting with making it easier for employees to make better choices when it comes to their diet. In 2005, Thompson moved to Australia to take up an internship with a Sydney-based bank – it was here that the idea of Fruitdrop came to him.

“The bank where I was working provided fresh fruit for all employees on a daily basis,” Thompson says, “it was here that I saw first-hand the benefits of this kind of initiative for both employees and employers when it came to productivity and general well-being.”

On his return to the UK, Fruitdrop was born and has gone from strength-to-strength. The business now has over 1,000 regular customers and delivers more than 2 million bananas every year. Here, Thompson shares his top reasons for employers to provide healthy snacks such as fresh fruit for their employees.

  • Improves productivity – a study carried out by health and wellbeing consultancy Vielife showed that a healthy employee is around 20% more productive than an unhealthy employee. Therefore healthy employees equal a healthy bottom line.
  • Lowers sickness absence – employees who look after their health generally report less sickness absence than those classed as obese, which means employers will have lower costs associated with illness and absence from work.
  • Keeps employees motivated – as an employer, providing healthy snacks such as fruit shows that you care about the health of your employees who in turn will feel more appreciated and motivated.
  • Increases alertness – did you know that the natural sugars in fruit allow us to think faster and remain alert longer compared to processed sugars? Providing fruit for your employees will help combat those mid-afternoon energy slumps and fuzzy brains.

In addition to providing office milk and fresh fruit boxes, Fruitdrop has recently announced a partnership with Nutribox which will see them deliver boxes of healthy, gluten-free snacks to workplaces. Each Nutribox has been specially designed by a nutritionist to provide the right balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat that we need to keep us going through the day – containing snacks such as fruit crisps, energy bars, mixed nuts and raw chocolate brownies.

Thompson says: “Our partnership with Nutribox means that as well as helping employees get their recommended five-a-day, we can make it easier for office workers to get the right balance of nutrients from their other snacks too – which is only good news for well-being and productivity!”

In partnership with Fruitdrop

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