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Today it is increasingly common to find one if not more water coolers within an office space. Why? Because keeping employees hydrated creates a wide range of benefits, which we’re going to explore in this article.

Keeping your employees hydrated will help to promote good health and reduce the number of sick days they take.

Promotes good health

Believe it or not, keeping your employees hydrated throughout the working day can help to minimise the number of sick days they take. Not only can dehydration cause headaches, tiredness, nausea and the inability to concentrate but it can also lead to long-term health problems such as kidney damage and seizures. If you want to help make sure your workforce remains healthy, giving them access to clean and fresh drinking water is a great solution.

Keeps employees happy

Not drinking enough water can also have an impact on people’s minds and behaviour. If your employees do not drink enough water while they’re at work, they may find themselves feeling negative and irritable. The worst your employees feel, the more likely they are to argue with co-workers and there’s a risk that they’ll even be rude to customers too. By simply giving your employees access to plenty of water, you can drastically improve their mood and make your office space a more pleasant place to work in.

Install a water cooler in your workplace so employees always have access to clean, fresh drinking water.

Improve productivity

We’ve already mentioned that dehydration can make it difficult for employees to concentrate. It can also lead to memory loss, which will have a profound effect on the productivity of your workforce. If your employees haven’t drunk enough water, they’re not going to be in the right frame of mind to get their work done. Make sure they’re well hydrated and you stand a great chance of improving your overall productivity levels.

How to keep your employees hydrated

Now you know the importance of keeping your employees hydrated, you’re probably wondering about the best way to do it. Well, one of the easiest ways is to install a water cooler in your workplace. This will give employees the opportunity to get a glass of cool, fresh water when they need one. You could also consider having company water bottles made to encourage your staff to keep hydrated.

Often you will find that employees are so engrossed in their work that they forget to take a break to drink some water. Reminding them of the need to drink plenty is a great way to ensure they remain hydrated. One way you could do this is by putting signs up around the office or setting pop up reminders on employees’ computers. You could also run a quick session on the importance of staying hydrated so employees are aware of the health risks of dehydration and the benefits of drinking plenty of water.

Although a water cooler is probably the best way to encourage your employees to drink more water, you may want to supply them with fresh fruit too. About 20% of our daily intake of water comes from the fruit and vegetables we eat, so it’s definitely worth encouraging your staff to snack on an apple or melon during their break time. There are plenty of places that will deliver fresh fruit to your workplace every day if this is something that interests you.

Conclusion

Keeping your staff hydrated will make for a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.

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