Correctional officers are the MVPs in a facility. Especially in this post-pandemic world where retention has been challenging, jail administrators need to recognize how this investment can retain good staff and turn a demanding work environment into a better situation for all. This investment in providing healthy food for officers will have long term effects on the facilities bottom line as healthier and happier officer's will mean fewer sick days, less turnover, and cost savings associated with healthcare.
So jail administrators and decision makers, by developing a wellness committee and finding out what your officers need to excel on the job, you are not only making their jobs easier but yours as well.
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