Amidst concerns about declining productivity in Japan, companies are increasingly adopting “health and productivity management” programs to address the well-being of their employees and boost their work performance. However, little is known about the specific lifestyle habits that hinder Japanese employees’ work performance, as well as the gender differences in these habits.
To shed light on this matter, a recent study examined data from 12,526 corporate employees between the ages of 21 and 69. The study aimed to identify the relationship between 11 lifestyle habits, including smoking, exercise, diet, alcohol consumption, and sleep, and work performance, while also considering gender differences.
The findings of the study revealed that inadequate sleep emerged as the primary factor affecting work performance in both men and women. Insufficient sleep was closely followed by a lack of regular exercise and late-evening meals in terms of their impact on work performance.
Interestingly, the study also uncovered gender disparities in lifestyle habits that impacted work performance. Men were found to be more prone to habits such as slow walking speed, smoking, and skipping breakfast, which were associated with lower work performance. On the other hand, women were more likely to exhibit habits like fast eating speed, which also hindered their work performance.
These findings have significant implications for supporting employee health and enhancing productivity. The study suggests that targeted health education and workplace interventions should prioritize improving sleep patterns, promoting exercise habits, and establishing appropriate dinner timings. Additionally, addressing these lifestyle habits should be personalized and tailored to the specific needs of each gender.
It is important to note that this study was made possible through funding from Tokio Marine dR Co, Ltd.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: How many participants were involved in the study?
A: The study analyzed data from 12,526 corporate employees in Japan.
Q: Which lifestyle habit had the greatest impact on work performance?
A: The findings revealed that insufficient sleep was the most significant factor affecting work performance for both men and women.
Q: Were there any gender differences in lifestyle habits that impacted work performance?
A: Yes, the study found that men and women exhibited different habits. Men were more likely to have slow walking speed, smoke, and skip breakfast, while women tended to have a fast eating speed.
Q: What are the recommended interventions for improving work performance?
A: The study suggests that workplace interventions should prioritize improving sleep patterns, promoting exercise habits, and establishing appropriate dinner timings. These interventions should also consider the specific needs of each gender.