Are your staff lethargic? Are they difficult to motivate? The solution is simple: wean them off the workplace booze and cheese binges.

Hints to shop assistants: "To get good work out of anyone he must be properly fed. An assistant suffering from indigestion, due to heavy meat food, cheese, and ale, cannot properly attend to business. Assistants have told me again and again that they do not have the energy to attend properly to their duties, and many have asked what they shall do to get more vigour as they fear dismissal. Parents will do well to enquire into the food served at large places of business before sending their sons and daughters there, or they may cause them to acquire the beginnings of disease which result in chronic illness or death."

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