Dashing to the bakery to pick up cakes for colleagues because it’s your birthday. It’s an odd workplace custom, isn’t it?
But if dentists have their way, the ready availability of sweet treats at work will be a thing of the past. It’s fuelling obesity and poor oral health, the Faculty of Dental Surgery has apparently said. Workplaces are being called on to encourage healthy eating and to help workers avoid being tempted by cakes, biscuits and sweets. Tips include:
- Reducing portion sizes
- Keeping sugar as a lunchtime treat
- Thinking about where you put the sweet treats; people will eat more if they’re nearby and visible.
This is all well and good and, yes, there are excellent reasons for promoting healthy life choices, but the real challenge for employers will be in changing long-standing habits and practices.
Being cruel to be kind never was a piece of cake.