The Importance of Staying Hydrated While You Work

Posted on June 22, 2020
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Summer is here! Keep those white sandy beach weekends and backyard barbecues coming! The dog days will be here before you know it. And if you don’t fully understand the importance of staying hydrated, it’s possible you won’t prioritize hydration in the workplace. Water is an essential ingredient our bodies need to fight against the sultry summer heat.

Some employers have chosen to keep their work from home orders in place for the time being, while others are prepping to get their staff back in the office. In honor of National Hydration Day (celebrated every year on June 23), the Quench Water Experts are here to offer advice that will help keep your employees staying healthy and hydrated no matter where you’ve chosen to let them work.

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The Importance of Staying Hydrated While Working

You don’t need to be a biologist to understand the importance of staying hydrated. In fact, without referencing Google, the average person can tell you that humans cannot survive three days without water. But if you want your employees to consistently deliver high-quality work, it helps to have a deeper understanding of hydration and water’s impact on the human body.

Laughter might be the best medicine, but water is a close second. After all, water is essential to every cell in your body. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to regulate your body temperature, keep your joints lubricated, prevent infections, deliver nutrients to your cells, or keep organs functioning properly.

A small sip of water can change your whole outlook on life. It may sound like we’re being overly complimentary but consider how much better you feel after you’ve taken your first gulps of the day. We’re willing to bet that colors are brighter, smells are sweeter, and NutriBullets® in the morning are music to your ears.   

When your brain lacks H2O, synapses are slower to communicate and it becomes harder to pay attention, remember information, and recall long-term memory. All those are important functions for doing a job well. A study conducted by the British Psychological Society Annual Conference found that college students who brought water with them into an exam scored higher than their counterparts who didn’t have water on them.[1]  The researchers hypothesized that drinking water improved the students’ abilities to think and/or helped ease their test anxieties. Take those findings into consideration when you’re weighing the benefits of hydration while working from home or in the office.

Effective Ways to Keep Your Employees Hydrated

Create Office “Neighborhoods”

About 80% of workers in the United States say they do not drink enough water to meet their health needs despite the countless studies that prove the benefits of hydration. If you’re a company that doesn’t intend to return to the office for the foreseeable future, you can encourage employees to hydrate remotely by sharing 10 Ways to Stay Hydrated While Working from Home and 13 Ways You Can Make Hydrating a Habit.

Businesses planning to open their offices soon, however, may want to consider a strategy called “neighborhooding.” Neighborhooding is a kind of office setup that separates a building into work environment areas. Instead of creating an open floor plan for the entire company, a business can prevent the spread of germs and improve employee productivity by creating allotted spaces that suit different department’s needs. If you designate individual office water coolers to individual neighborhoods, you can reduce handling of those communal coolers and lower the barrier to hydration by ensuring all your employees are conveniently located near a water machine.   

Offer Alkaline Water

Overall hydration in the office also has to do with water quality. Quench research shows 22% of employees don’t drink their office water because it tastes bad. Odds are unfiltered tap water isn’t going to get your workers excited, especially since tap water comes in many flavors can vary depending on local. Instead, provide your office with the best electrolyte water, quenchWATER+. This Quench branded water consistently has a great taste and is mineral-infused and electrolyte-enhanced. Also known as alkaline water, electrolyte water allows the body to absorb water more readily and hydrates faster. So, adding Quench machines that include an alkaline water filter, such as the Q7 Series and the Q5 Series, can effectively and consistently keep a large group of people hydrated. 

Offer Incentives for Staying Hydrated

Welcome your employees back into the office with a wellness initiative. In the era of COVID-19, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Human resource departments can create engaging campaigns that encourage hydration, productivity, and health. One example of this is a month-long contest that challenges employees to set and track their water intake every day. Employees who meet their monthly goals would receive a prize that encourages wellness like a Fitbit or an insulated water bottle.

A fruity and/or sparkling incentive is another great way to get your employees, guests, and patients to drink more water throughout the day. As you prep your office for opening day, don’t overlook the possibility of a specialty flavored water unit like the all-new Elkay Smartwell® from Quench or Bevi – The Smart Water Cooler (now with a touchless option). With these flavorful options, employees and guests can easily navigate a touchscreen interface to create one refreshing beverage after another. Choose from a long list of fruity options, including lime, lemon, raspberry, cucumber, pomegranate, coconut, and peach. Users also have the ability to toggle between still or sparkling water and mix and match and match flavors and enhancements.

Install Touchless Water Coolers to Encourage Healthy Hydration

Healthy hydration starts with easy access to clean, great-tasting water from a sustainable water source. This National Hydration Day show your employees you understand the importance of staying hydrated at work and the benefits of hydration by stepping up your efforts in the office. Establishing office neighborhoods, offering a cooler with an alkaline water filter, and offering other exciting incentives can ensure your office employees consistently deliver their best work.

At Quench, we are always looking for new ways to support your patients, employees, and customers. We’ve created a line of touchless products that will continue to keep you safe during the health crisis. The Q5 Series features rugged paddles for touchless dispensing. With the Q5, users push their glass or bottle up against the dispensing paddle to unleash a steady stream of clean, great-tasting water. Dispensing paddles can also be found on our Quench 980 Series, which includes four different models of infrared sensor activated filtered water and chewable ice machines.

Those who would prefer to go totally hands-free can check out our brand-new foot pedal for your Q7 Series water machines. The foot pedal dispenses cold water only and must be installed by a Quench technician. Call or email us to ask about getting a foot pedal for your Q7 today. The wall-mount Hydration Station is another viable hands-free option. This touch-free, ambient water dispenser is installable on virtually any indoor wall space.

Bevi’s touchless app is the newest addition to our lineup. Available July 13, 2020, all new and existing Bevi machines will offer touchless dispensing using a smartphone app. Check out the video below to see how it works.

Our Quench Water Experts are located across the United States and Canada. Therefore, clean, great-tasting drinking water is never far away. Head over to our local water experts page to find the nearest point-of-use water machine. Visit our website to view our products and see which one is right for your workplace. 


[1] https://www.onemedical.com/blog/live-well/6-benefits-of-staying-hydrated/

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