Aside from the obvious known facts that hydration keeps your body cool, promotes digestion, increases blood flow and many other positive benefits – why as an office leader would you advocate for a water cooler in your business? We have heard all the reasons why they supposedly decrease productivity. “Employees only gather there to talk about pop culture and procrastinate on work tasks etc.” “Increased bathroom work breaks”. The list of antiquated thinking goes on and on. However, as studies have shown time at the water cooler leads to an increase in productivity, creativity and a reduced amount of sick days.
INCREASE IN PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY
Studies show productivity is increased up to 14% after drinking water. Water reverses the effects of dehydration and expands the gray matter in the brain. It is also critical that employees get up from their desk every 30 minutes or so. The water cooler and mother nature help promote needed office mobility.
Your brain is about 75% water. When your brain is not fully hydrated it does not run at its full speed. This leads to tired, worn out and uninspiring employees and ideas. Conversely, when it is hydrated creativity levels are shown to increase.
LESS SICK DAYS
We rarely look at water as prevention for the common cold. Although, recent studies show your immune system benefits greatly from drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day. Spontaneous conversations with coworkers at the water cooler also promotes a sense of morale building. This can also lead to a healthier work environment and less social anxiety among employees.
I hope this article and its proven benefits have encouraged you to enjoy an extra glass or two of water today.
If you wish to read more tips and reasons to consume water daily, please visit this link.
See you at the water cooler!