Category Archives: Employee Health

The 9-5 Workday is Making Everyone Miserable

Dr. Paul Kelley, an academic at the University of Oxford, believes the traditional 9-5 schedule is making everybody miserable and sleep-deprived. He maintains that instead of trying to stick to a system that isn’t natural to our bodies, we need to overhaul our schedules to revolve around our circadian rhythms.

Most of Dr. Kelley’s research examines how early start times in educational institutions negatively affect student performance, particularly adolescents. However, his findings carry over to the corporate world. Adults don’t adapt to a 9 AM start time until the age of 55. So until that point, we’re all torturing ourselves trying to make it work.

During Dr. Kelley’s tenure as the head teacher at Monkseaton Middle School, he changed the school’s start time from 8:30 AM to 10 AM (a similar experiment is ongoing) and found that the number of top grades increased by 19%. If a delayed start time brought about these positive results in a school setting, what would happen if we applied a similar change to the corporate world? Are people more productive when they show up to work later in the day?

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How to Exercise After Sitting All Day

Many white collar jobs today require logging in long hours of sitting at a desk, typing away at a computer. This is a standard expectation, even with extensive research pointing to the fact that a sedentary lifestyle is terrible for your health. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.

What’s not talked about as often is the way sitting affects your posture and muscles. Sitting for prolonged periods of time tightens and weakens certain parts of your body, especially in the back and hips. This can cause headaches, back and hip pain, and ultimately make it harder to focus and stay productive. The good news, though, is that you can easily do something about it with some stretches and exercises.

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5 Healthy Snacks that Keep You Productive Throughout the Day

When hunger strikes at work, it’s easy to be tempted by the convenience and deliciousness of that donut sitting in the breakroom. While tasty and enjoyable in the moment, you might regret it later – snacks that are high in sugar are harmful to your health in the long run. There have been countless studies that link refined sugar to heart disease, weight gain, and numerous other health issues.

Added sugar also affects your productivity. While eating sugary foods may make you feel full and give you a boost of energy, it’s only temporary. You will crash and then you’ll feel lousy and lethargic. Not to mention sugar is addictive. Like a drug, it conditions your body to crave more.

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