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Boosting Productivity by Tweaking Lifestyle Habits

A recent study among Japanese company employees sheds light on how simple lifestyle changes can significantly impact work performance and overall wellbeing.


The research focused on identifying lifestyle habits that contribute to presenteeism, specifically among Japanese employees, and how these habits differ between men and women. It involved a comprehensive analysis of data from 12,476 employees, using self-administered questionnaires, the World Health Organization's Health and Work Performance Questionnaire, and health insurance claims.


Key Findings: Lifestyle Habits and Work Performance




Insufficient Sleep: This was the most significant factor affecting employees of both sexes. Not getting enough sleep consistently led to reduced efficiency at work.









Lack of Regular Exercise: A sedentary lifestyle without regular physical activity was another common factor that negatively impacted work performance.









Eating Late-Evening Meals: Consuming meals late in the evening also correlated with higher levels of presenteeism.




Additionally, the study found sex-specific factors:

  • For Men: Slow walking speed, current smoking, and skipping breakfast were particularly associated with higher presenteeism.

  • For Women: Fast eating speed was a unique factor contributing to reduced work efficiency.

Implications for Health and Wellbeing

This study underscores the importance of basic lifestyle habits in maintaining not just personal health, but also professional productivity. Here are some practical takeaways -

  • Prioritise Sleep: Ensuring a regular and sufficient sleep schedule can significantly boost work performance.

  • Incorporate Exercise: Regular physical activity is crucial. It doesn't have to be intense; even moderate exercise can make a difference.

  • Watch Your Eating Habits: Avoid late-night meals and try to eat at a moderate pace. For men, not skipping breakfast can be particularly beneficial.

The findings from this study highlight that small lifestyle adjustments can have a profound impact on both health and work efficiency. Employers and employees alike should take note of these factors, promoting a culture that values healthy habits as a pathway to improved productivity and wellbeing. Remember, a healthier lifestyle doesn't just benefit you personally; it also reflects in your professional life.


Reference:

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10389-023-02136-4

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