Did you know that the average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime? This means that employers should be doing everything they can to keep the work environment free from any health-related issues as they would in their own home.
We also all know that to stay healthy we need to provide our bodies with the nutrients that it needs to survive. In addition to food, our bodies need water. Afterall, 60 percent of the human body is made up of water.
Drinking water every day is needed to maintain good health. It helps to manage body weight, prevent dehydration and helps to regulate the human body.
So why is it that 7% of adults don’t drink water? According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 36% drink one to three cups and 35% drink four to seven cups which is significantly less than the recommended 12-14 cups.
The fact is, 1 in 3 people (globally) do not have access to safe drinking water. Here in the US, we are fortunate to have access to clean-ish water but in many cases, the water is not entirely safe or palatable because of the presence of heavy metals, pollutants, or harmful mineral deposits (hard water). In fact, hard water is very common in homes and offices throughout the US.
What is hard water?
Hard water is an excess amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in the water. Hard water is also high in other dissolved minerals which may cause a bad smell or taste.
If you have ever washed your hands and felt a film of residue after washing up then you probably have experienced hard water in some form. As mentioned, you may also have noticed that your water tastes or smells funny (sometimes like eggs or sulfur). Some other people who have hard water in their homes or offices say the water tastes like dirt, has a metallic taste or smells like rotten food. -Who would want to drink that kind of water?!
Hard water in the workplace
Unfortunately, some business owners treat their office spaces differently compared to their home. There are many different reasons why business owners don’t put much effort into the care of their office space, but if you’re a business owner, here are a few reasons why you should consider installing a water filtration system for your employees:
1. To show appreciation to your employees
Above all, investing in the well-being of your employees is one of the greatest advantages of installing a water filtration system. Unfortunately, there are quite a few employers out there that could care less about the well-being of their staff, as long as the work gets done and their employees are generating revenue. Those employers are also the companies to see a high turnover rate and a lack of productivity. If you or your employees notice that the water in your office space tastes or smells funky, do everyone (including yourself) a favor and have a free water test done. This small gesture of fixing the water in your workplace will go a long way to show your employees that you care about their well-being.
2. To prevent fewer sick days
Those employees who do choose to drink the water that is in your office face the chance of getting sick from water that is not one hundred percent clean and safe to drink. In fact, 35% of all gastrointestinal illness is caused by drinking water. Sick days are not only awful for employees but the employer, too. Wouldn’t you like to do everything you can to ensure each team member is healthy enough to show up to work each day and be productive?
3. To save money
Let’s face it, the primary reason why your staff shows up to work every day is to make money. Employees appreciate when employers go the extra mile to save them a penny. Bringing water bottles to work each day gets expensive. Save your employees money by providing them with clean, palatable water for them to drink while they are at work.
4. Water increases productivity
It’s no surprise that dehydration is linked to productivity. A recent study found that a group of young healthy women had 12 percent more total errors if they were dehydrated while playing a game. The game was repeated after the women became hydrated and their performance significantly improved. By having clean water in the office that is regularly used by employees, you prevent that mid-day sluggish feeling that comes into action from 1p.m. to 3p.m. When employees have palatable water at all times, it helps them to stay focused on work.
Tip: Once you have clean, great-tasting water in your office, try encouraging your team to drink water. Several offices have water challenges. Have your employees keep track of the water they drink each day in the office and after a certain period of time, reward them with a small prize! This can be a small gift card or even a new refillable water bottle. This is a fun way to not only encourage hydration but productivity!
The Science of water: Keeping your employees happy and hydrated
The first step to improving the quality of water in your office is to schedule your free water test. Depending on the results of this free test, you will then determine the best way to improve the quality of water.
Who are we? We are an authorized dealer of Puronics water treatment and filtration systems. Puronics is the most trusted brand in filtration manufacturing and we carry their line with pride because of their stellar reputation. Our filtration solutions also come with a lifetime warranty, so your water will remain clean and safe to drink for years to come.
Looking to improve the quality of the water in your office in the Gainesville or Jacksonville area? Look no further! Don’t waste another minute and schedule your free water test today. Your employees will appreciate you going the extra mile to invest in their well-being and you can’t expect to see it in the quality of work they deliver!