The modern office accommodates a diverse and busy workforce. With so many people to cater to, it’s imperative staff remain happy and healthy.
Most office workers are desk based for much of the day, so it’s essential they have access to fresh, cold, drinking water.
Managers are tasked with ensuring that the office runs smoothly, and for promoting well being in the workplace. This starts with the most important element of all – the people.
Here are 10 reasons why office staff should be drinking water:
1) Peak performance: Drinking water increases mental and physical performance.
Dehydration can lead to tiredness and poor concentration. Water helps the brain to function effectively and keeps staff alert and energised. This can all lead to improved productivity.
2) Health matters: Water helps our immune systems to fight off illness. It also prevents dehydration, which can lead to long-term health problems.
3) Perfect harmony: Dehydration leads to tiredness and irritability; so drinking plenty of water can create a happy and friendly workforce.
4) Refreshing change: Meetings, telephone conversations and chatting to colleagues can all leave office workers with dry mouths. A plentiful supply of water will soon leave staff feeling refreshed.
5) Take a break: A lunchtime walk or exercise session can be thirsty work for employees. Drinking plenty of water, and filling a bottle ‘to go’ will keep them hydrated.
6) The heat is on: Offices can become particularly hot during the summertime. Water cools you down – plus it’s the perfect thirst quencher.
7) Good afternoon!: A big lunch or a dip in energy levels can result in a mid afternoon lull in productivity, leaving staff feeling sluggish and low on energy. Drinking a large glass of water injects a much needed boost to the day.
8) Mid morning munchies: Desk based staff tend to snack more and get less exercise than workers in other environments, which can lead to weight gain. Water can help you feel fuller and provide an alternative to calorie packed crisps and chocolate.
9) Healthy Mix: Too many cups of tea and coffee can be bad for you. Water offers a healthy option to caffeine and sugar filled drinks.
10) Well beings: Providing staff with access to water is simple. This demonstrates managers’ commitment to well-being in the workplace and shows they value their employees. This, in turn, leads to a happier and more productive team.
What do you drink at work? Let us know in the comments box below.
Why not set yourself a challenge and swap your usual drink/snack for water? See if you notice a difference in your health and performance.