If you run an office filled with busy and thirsty employees, what provision do you make to ensure everyone has access to drinking water? Do you expect people to use the tap water in the kitchen? Or bring bottled water from home? Perhaps you have a vending machine where water is available? For any of these situations, there is always a better solution and that’s to ensure a free supply of free, fresh and healthy mineral water for people at all times.
You could, for instance, buy drinking water bubblers for outdoor and indoor public environments so that people have water everywhere they go. Whether in the office, or in the wider community, there’s a strong case for being part of widening people’s access to free drinking water. We’ll explain more below.
1. It Promotes Good Health
You can’t force everyone in the office to just drink whatever you tell them, of course, but if you offer them no alternative, then many will turn to local vendors and simply take what they’re offering: sugary sodas, rich coffee, questionable energy drinks and more. Giving people access to free, healthy mineral water is an ideal way to encourage healthier drinking habits at work, ultimately helping people cut down on their sugar intake.
Remember that in offices in particular, people are sitting at their desks for many hours a day. That means any excess sugar they take on board isn’t being worked off as it should, thus hastening potentially negative health impacts.
2. It Promotes Sustainability
Let’s say your whole office is on a health kick anyway and has shunned the temptation of sugary and fattening drinks from local vendors, opting instead to drink pure water. Problem solved, right? Wrong. The water they’re consuming comes from single-use plastic bottles. Well, it’s good they’re drinking more water, but it’s unlikely that you wanted it to happen this way, right?
Installing water dispensers and other ways to give your staff free water promotes sustainability because everyone can bring in a reusable water cup and start shunning the use of non-green plastics.
3. It Helps People Function Better
Greater water intake will help employees both in and out of the workplace. For company leadership, greater water intake among regular staff will see productivity levels increase, as people start to be able to think more clearly and focus better on the tasks at hand. It can also have a marked impact on their overall mental health.
For instance, dehydration can stop the brain from producing much-needed serotonin, a lack of which in the body can be linked to depression. Workers experiencing negative mental health impacts such as anxiety and depression can’t function well in or out of the office. If water is a part of helping prevent that, then it’s a great investment to make.
4. It Helps Save Money
For your own business, providing everyone with free mineral water will more than likely cost less than providing them with a vending machine for soft drinks, or pods for coffee machines and the like. If you’ve installed things like tea and coffee-making facilities, let that be enough and let everyone else decide if they’ll provide that. When you provide the water, you make a statement supporting good health and well-being, and save money. It’s a win-win.
For your staff it will hopefully help them save on expenditure, too. Those daily coffees, sodas, and energy drinks all add up in the course of a month. Cutting back may help them see just how much they can save.
5. It Helps People Look and Feel Better
Finally, water is great for the skin and helps prevent it from drying out. It also promotes better mood, greater energy and will have everyone in the office feeling clean, clear and motivated. Some offices spend thousands on consultants to try and find ways to boost morale and overall office energy – who knew that the simple provision of mineral water could be the key to so much improvement?