WORK­OUT Work­mates bad for weight wary

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Careerone -

THE work­place is an en­emy in the bat­tle of the bulge. More than 40 per cent be­lieve they have gained weight at their cur­rent jobs, a sur­vey of 2000 peo­ple con­ducted by linkme.com.au shows.

Two out of five work­ers can­not re­sist lol­lies or choco­lates of­fered by col­leagues.

It does not help that em­ploy­ees spend more time to­gether than fam­i­lies and friends, says Linkme chief ex­ec­u­tive Camp­bell Sal­la­bank. ‘‘ As a re­sult, it is un­der­stand­able that there will be com­mon habits, fads and in­ter­ests through­out an of­fice en­vi­ron­ment, but it is habits like this Aus­tralian work­places can do with­out.’’

In a mod­ern, flexible work­place, the well-be­ing of em­ploy­ees is a mat­ter of con­cern for em­ploy­ers, Sal­la­bank says. ‘‘ Im­ple­ment­ing healthy snack food choices at com­pany can­teens and in of­fice vend­ing ma­chines could help pre­vent work­ers opt­ing for a choco­late bar or al­ter­na­tive healthy snacks.’’

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