Increased productivity caused by fruit and vegetables in the office

Increased productivity caused by fruit and vegetables in the office

It’s a well-known fact that in every office across Australia, the clock strikes 3pm and the munchies hit. The 3pm munchies cause severe lack of focus, irritability, depressed morale, and occasionally even a fight over the last chocolate biscuit in the breakroom. It’s never a pretty sight for a business owner – especially if you happen to be showing around your newest clients when half your workforce suddenly morphs into sugar-starved zombies.

The solution? A fresh fruit and vegetable box from

Just by eating a banana, your IT team will get a fibre-rich boost in energy without upsetting their blood sugar levels, as well as a hit of vitamin B6 and the amino acid tryptophan – essentials for producing the “happy hormone” serotonin. All your stressed-out sales managers need to do to lower their blood pressure is munch on some apples – that’s because apples are a great source of quercetin, a flavonoid that is quickly absorbed into the body to attack free radicals, support veins, and bring blood pressure back down to normal levels. As for the marketing zombies warring over the last chocolate biscuit? Give them fresh strawberries instead! The omega-3 fatty acid ALA will immediately go to work on improving their mood (we’re not kidding around here: the ALA in strawberries is comparable in effect to a commonly-prescribed anti-anxiety drug!)

Having a fresh stock of bright, colourful fruit and vegetables in your office won’t just dramatically improve the situation at 3pm, though; it will help give your employees a boost throughout the entire day. A 2014 British study found that people who ate more fruit and vegetables on particular days reported feeling happier, more engaged in their work, and more creative than on the days when they ate fewer of them. This may be because fruit and vegetables contain vital nutrients that encourage the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that plays an essential role in regulating curiosity, motivation and engagement.

The antioxidants in fruit and vegetables also help minimise body inflammation (such as the aches and pains commonly exacerbated by sitting all day), improve memory, and enhance mood. In fact, the increased productivity caused by providing free fruit and vegetables in the office may be due to more than just the nutrition boost.

A 2016 British study found that supplying free fruit in the office had the bonus effect of inspiring several employees to improve their health in other ways - like quitting smoking. Imagine an office where regular coffee runs to the local café is replaced by the energy burst of a handful of fresh grapes, and you’ll start to understand why fruit and vegetables in the workplace are considered such a productivity-booster.

And as for the new clients visiting your workplace?

Offer them a choice of delicious, bright, fresh fruit and vegetables with their tea or iced water, and you’ll impress them much more than any stale chocolate biscuit ever could.