Small gestures of kindness improve employee health and work performance

A new study has examined the impact of enhancing the lunches of Chinese bus drivers with fresh fruit

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Research published in The International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics has highlighted the impact of small gestures by employers on the health and performance of their employees.

Scientists examined the effects of providing 86 bus drivers in Shenzen, China with either a banana or an apple every day for three weeks in addition to their typical lunch box.

The cost of the fruit was 59 pence per meal.

Surveys completed by the bus drivers suggested that levels of depression among the cohort had dropped one week after the experiment began, while levels of self-confidence among the drivers in their ability to perform tasks had improved.

Study author, Bu Zhong, from Pennsylvania State University, highlighted that the research supports the idea that small offerings can make a significant difference to workers.

“This research suggests that employees can be sensitive to any improvement at the workplace,” he said.

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