The office space forms the heartbeat of any business. In order to keep in ticking nicely, it’s imperative that all staff members are able to perform at the optimum level. While office managers and company directors will naturally place a huge emphasis on the equipment, staff culture, and employee training, it’s easy to forget some of the equally telling issues. Hydration levels are very much top of the agenda.
Ensuring that you (and all other workers) are drinking enough water at work may not feel like the most significant ingredient in the recipe for success, but it could make all the difference.
Why Is Staying Hydrated So Important?
Drinking enough water should be a personal priority throughout the entire day, but it’s very easy to forget about it while working. Staying hydrated around the office is essential. Here’s why:
- Dehydration (not just in the office) causes negative health impacts ranging from headaches to joint pains
- Dehydration saps your energy, which will lead to reduced productivity
- Dehydration leads to chronic illnesses that result in sick days
- Dehydration can confuse the brain into overeating, which inevitably impacts workloads too
- Dehydration affects cognitive reactions, meaning poor hydration levels may also reduce the worker’s safety
- Dehydration causes heat stress, which can worsen many of the other issues
- Dehydration actively harms the individual’s positivity levels and general mood
Essentially, staying hydrated will influence everything from safety to productivity, customer engagements to staff well-being. Overlooking it any longer simply isn’t an option.
How Much Should Individuals Consume?
No two humans are the same, so it’s important to accept that there is no one exact right amount. However, a general rule of thumb is that most adults need to drink at least 10 cups of water per day. Given that around half of the time spent awake is completed in the office, aiming for around five cups throughout the average 8-hour shift is about right.
Bigger people may need to consume more while the hot summer weather may increase the water intake levels too. However, it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter months as the effects are perhaps harder to notice but can take an even bigger toll on the body.
Every business manager should know to look out for the signs of dehydration. They include:
- Rapid breathing or heartbeat
- Sunken eyes
- Sleepiness or lack of energy
- Dry skin
- Muscle cramps
If any of those issues are evident, increasing the water intake is advised.
How To Encourage Great Hydration Throughout The Company
Understanding the need to keep the team hydrated is one thing, but actually making it happen is another altogether. Ultimately, if you’re going to invest in making this a part of the office culture, everybody needs to play their role.
Focus on the following points and you won’t go far wrong:
It’s one thing to tell employees that they need to stay hydrated, but the true key to success lies with getting them to appreciate the benefits for themselves. A training session dedicated to this subject can work wonders.
Electrolytes and sugars
Staying hydrated isn’t merely about drinking water. Sweating results in the loss of electrolytes, which need to be replaced. Energy drinks and fruit juices can solve this issue, ensuring that they stay alert.
A well-positioned water cooler and coffee machine will instantly encourage people to stay hydrated. It’s easy to dismiss the symptoms of dehydration, but these facilities actively remind staff members to keep drinking.
Enforcing water breaks throughout the day doesn’t only help ensure that everyone is hydrated, but it can help develop a better relationship with drinking water.
Providing each employee with a reusable plastic water bottle is a great way to establish team unity while also actively increasing their water intake. After all, having the water bottle sitting on their desks will influence their behaviours.
The Final Word
Good hydration is an important aspect on a personal level and for the team as a whole, which is why the office layout should take this into account. With the right furniture and facilities, boosting morale, alertness, and safety features will be easier than you ever thought possible.
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