Did you know that on average, each person will spend around 13 years at work throughout our lifetime? So, it’s vitally important to stay hydrated to ensure you’re always running at 100% while in the workplace.
Why Is Hydration Important?
Hydration Keeps You Healthy
It’s no secret that not drinking enough water can have a negative impact on health, in both the short and long term. Long term effects can include kidney damage and seizures and more immediate can include headaches, lethargy, joint pain, inability to concentrate, nausea, vomiting and memory loss. Obviously, when suffering from any combination of those symptoms, you’ll likely have an unpleasant day with little work finished.
Dehydration Can Affect Your Mood
Not drinking enough water isn’t just bad for your health; it can also affect your mood and behaviours too. Studies have shown that even slight levels of dehydration can have a negative impact on people’s moods, and obviously people who are feeling irritable are less likely to want to even be doing work in the first place. When employees have access to plenty of water, it can drastically improve people’s moods and make work a much more pleasant environment.
Water Coolers, a Much Better Choice Than a Tap
It’s a common belief that office water coolers are a place where employees simply gossip and waste time. But in truth, statistics show that offices with water coolers get more work done than those without one. In theory, this makes sense. Having a water cooler means that employees are less likely to be dehydrated. Water coolers also have the advantage of serving up filtered water, which doesn’t have any of the pollutants and chemicals often found in tap water and often just tastes better.
More Water, Less Sugary Drinks
Yet another benefit of office water coolers is that employees who have easy access to cool, filtered water, are less likely to drink sugary drinks and other unhealthy drinks throughout the workday. What’s more, the links between sugary drinks and health risks like diabetes and obesity have been established and in more recent years, more studies have come out showing the dangerous side effects of consuming large amounts of sugar.
Water Coolers Could Save You Money
Aside from the health benefits that can come from choosing water over sugary drinks, office water coolers also require less power to run than a vending machine. So not only can a cooler increase employee productivity, improve the mood around the office and keep employees healthy, but choosing a cooler in favour of a vending machine can save businesses a nice chunk of money in energy bills too.
How Can You Hydrated?
Sometimes, staying hydrated is easier said than done. Especially with busy schedules, it’s hard to remember to drink the recommended 2 litres a day, and some professions can make it harder to access water regularly or keep a water bottle nearby – so here are some handy top tips for you to keep in mind:
- Start your day with a large glass of water
- Take a bottle with you before you leave the house for the day, so you’ve always got a drink on hand.
- To ensure you’re getting enough water, consider purchasing a water bottle with a trackable gauge so you can see how much water you’ve consumed and by what time of the day to guarantee you’re staying hydrated.
- If you’re beginning to feel any of the symptoms of dehydration, then you should get a drink of water straight away.
To browse our range of water coolers available for your business, be sure to visit our Water Coolers page.
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