Most people have a particular time of day when they’re most creative and lively. But the rest of the day shouldn’t be a struggle just to stay awake. Barring medical conditions, we should feel alert and energized all day.

That’s not the case for many of today’s employees, who spend more time on the job while trying to keep up with demands outside work as well. It’s not unusual for people to use weekends to “catch up” on sleep and fitness.

Does this sound like your workforce? A simple campaign to restore perspective may be in order. If employees are working long hours early in the week and sapping their energy, they’re likely to be less productive than if they stuck to a sensible schedule in the first place. Consider these energy-restoring ideas:

  • Breakfast basket. Most people who are drained by mid-afternoon are breakfast skippers. Once a month or so, place low-fat breakfast bars around the worksite along with a handout explaining the importance of a healthy breakfast and offering quick recipes.
  • Bottled water promotion. Dehydration drains energy; many of today’s dry offices (combined with caffeinated beverages) deplete employees. Provide coupons in newsletter articles or other promotions for a bottle of ice-cold spring water they can pick up at the cafeteria or fitness center. Furnish a handout on peak performance and the importance of hydration.
  • 8 is great… but 9 is divine. Stress the necessity of enough sleep (most people need at least 8 hours) and maintaining regular sleep habits throughout the week and on weekends.
  • Fitness breaks. Suggest short (2-3 minutes) exercises, such as walking or stair-climbing a couple times a day, to boost energy levels. Set up a broadcast email or phone mail message for those who would like a reminder to take their fitness breaks. This is also a good opportunity to share a daily health tip.
  • Energy entrée. If you have a cafeteria, feature high-protein, complex carb entrées for lunch; print tray liners or table tent cards describing the high-energy advantages. If not, distribute ideas for similar dishes.
  • Quittin’ time. Encourage managers to support reasonable work hours. People can’t perform their best if they’re working long hours week after week.

Need more ideas? Download our free white paper: Achieving Peak Energy and Reduced Stress — A Guide for the 21st Century Workplace.

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