April 15, 2021

5 Reasons To Have a Water Cooler in the Office

We all know it is important to stay hydrated but have you thought about the importance of access to water in the workplace? There might be more advantages than you think to ensuring that your office has a functional water cooler. Here are a few!

1. Sharpens Mental Alertness

Did you know that even mild dehydration can lead to reduced mental alertness. Many adults are mildly dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Encourage hydration by providing readily available clean and cool drinking water for your employees.

2. Improves Mood

Studies have shown that there is a link between water intake and mood! Without adequate water, individuals work with less vigor, have reduced energy, and feel sluggish. A sluggish employee will not put forth the best output so make sure there is always a glass of water handy! 

3. Promotes Better Mental Health

Research has shown that dehydration can increase your risk of depression and anxiety. Studies indicate that reduced water intake led to individuals feeling less calm, less content, and more tense. Increased water intake was associated with higher levels of happiness. Foster good mental health in your workplace with access to plenty of refreshing water! 

4. Increases Productivity

Improved alertness and mental health are sure to improve employee productivity but whatever the water cooler break itself. When employees have an opportunity to step away from the daily grind, grab a drink of water, and maybe casually chat with a coworker for a minute or two, they are more likely to demonstrate a higher level of productivity throughout the day!

5. Creates Company Culture

Employee satisfaction and retention is intricately tied to connections with coworkers and management. Having a central point where employees gather for a few minutes several times a day allows for bonding with colleagues as well as casual interactions with management. Employees will feel more known, better connected, and have a great enthusiasm for being part of the team!

These are just a few of the incredible benefits of having a water cooler in your office! We strive to encourage the greatest productivity and the best places to work by promoting optimal mental health in the workplace. If your company has never completed mental health training, consider adding that to your goals for 2021!