Are your employees drinking enough water? Probably not. In this month’s Secondwind blog, we explore the connection between drinking water and workplace productivity, and offer suggestions on boosting employee hydration.
Dehydration and Workplace Productivity
Research suggests that up to 75% of the U.S. adult population goes through their normal day at least mildly dehydrated. At the workplace, dehydration can have a significant effect on employee efficiency and performance as a 1% loss in hydration can result in a 12% decrease in productivity.
And if your employees are not drinking enough water, you may also experience increased workplace accidents, errors, and waste due to:
- Problems with information processing
- Mental fatigue
Dehydration and Stress at the Workplace
Dehydration can also increase employee stress levels and negatively affect mood. “Studies have shown that being just half a liter dehydrated can increase your cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of those stress hormones, and staying well-hydrated can keep your stress levels down,” explains Amanda Carlson, RD, director of performance nutrition at Athletes’ Performance, and a trainer of world-class athletes.
How Much Water Should you Drink a Day?
It depends. Most people need about 8 to 12 cups a day. But your weight and activity level, along with the climate in which you live largely determine the amount of water you need to maintain proper hydration.
How Can you Tell if You’re Drinking Enough Water?
Instead of counting cups, watch the color of your urine. If you’re drinking enough water, your urine will be clear or pale yellow. A darker yellow means your cells are shrinking and you are dehydrated. Some of the common signs of dehydration include:
- Dry mouth
Boosting Employee Hydration at the Workplace
For many people, drinking enough water throughout the work day is difficult. Here are some tips for increasing your employees’ daily water intake:
- Make sure that safe, good-tasting water is readily available to your employees. If your water doesn’t taste good, no one is going to want to drink it. Contact Secondwind Water Systems for help. Our certified water specialists will test your water and determine the best water treatment system for your business.
- Educate your employees on the importance of proper hydration. Include information in company newsletters, staff meetings, and posters.
- Help employees liven up their water by having fresh ice cubes on hand. Keep citrus fruit wedges in break rooms so employees can give their water a “twist.”
- Consider instituting a workplace hydration program to help ensure employees are getting enough water. You can incorporate this into your existing workplace wellness program.
Commercial Water Testing and Treatment in NH
As the saying goes, water is the elixir of life. And there is extensive research on the connection between drinking water and workplace productivity. Your employees–as well as your customers and guests– deserve safe, great-tasting water. If you’re concerned about the safety or quality of your water, the certified water specialists at Secondwind Water Systems are here to help. Contact us today for a free water analysis.