The office candy bowl. The free after-meeting leftovers. The inactivity of sitting behind a desk for eight hours. It’s no surprise that workers across the U.S. feel like they’re packing on the pounds on the job.
According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 55 percent of U.S. workers believe they are overweight, and more than 2 in 5 say they have gained weight at their present job.
Workers say the top contributors of their workplace weight gain include:
- Sitting at the desk most of the day – 53 percent
- Being too tired from work to exercise – 45 percent
- Eating because of stress – 36 percent
Some employers have taken notice and have put wellness initiatives in place to promote healthy office living. Still, while a quarter of employees (25 percent) have access to such employer-sponsored wellness benefits, including onsite workout facilities and gym passes, 55 percent of this group does not take advantage of them.
What Does This Mean For You?
Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer for CareerBuilder, says that while workers are becoming more health conscious, high-stress work environments and longer workdays make it difficult for employees to find time to act on their wellness goals. So, the onus is on employers to encourage workers in their pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. “To make wellness at work a priority, companies should emphasize its importance from top leadership down and focus on engagement, motivation, support and strategy when implementing new programs,” Haefner says.
Doing so will only lead to better employee morale – and give workers more of a reason to stick with your company in this increasingly competitive market.