The kettle is possibly one of the most important additions to any office but, it is a humble thing. As powerful as it may be – a cup of tea can, after all, lift the entire mood of the Office – it has its limitations. And these limitations can manifest themselves to cause all kinds of issues in the office. Teams of people can fall out, battle lines are drawn as one person becomes so cheesed off that someone has nicked their hot water that your happy, creative workplace can become a thing of nightmares. There are other signs too that the kettle has had its day and that the time has come to grasp the bull by the horns – the time has come to opt for a water boiler. Streams and rivers of hot, boiling water perfect for tea, coffee, instant soup and noodles too, can and will restore instant harmony within any working environment.
But what are the signs? How do you know you need a water boiler?
- Time Form an orderly queue! – Volume
When the business started, it may have been a motley crew of friends and the kettle may have sufficed. Gradually, as the company grew, you took on employee and more employees.
An important and unmissable sign – and usually the first to show itself – is the long, snaking queue of people looking to boil the kettle. Clearly, not a welcome sight in any office.
Likewise, when the number of kettles on the boil starts to multiply, you need to take a serious look at a water boiler. Kettles are for a domestic setting and not equipped to deal with large volumes of demand for boiling water.
So, if you have a snaking queue of employees at the kettle, as well as more than one on the boil at the same time, the time have come to discover the world of continuous hot, boiling water.
- Time Form an orderly queue! – Time
This cannot be avoided. As laid back a boss as you are, there is no pleasure or joy in wondering how long people spend queuing for the kettle.
The findings of various experiments make for sobering reading. The time for boiling a full 1 litre of water – enough for four mugs of water – was on average 2 minutes and 34 seconds. The best performing kettle to 2 minutes 3 seconds but, most kettles took 3 minutes 13 seconds.
So, with 12 staff that’s 10 minutes back to back continuous boiling of the kettle. You might not think this is worth bothering about, but that adds up to a lot of time waiting for the kettle to boil. And if someone wants water for soup and a cup of tea at lunch time, then the time is even longer.
- Your energy costs are increasing
The humble kettle is for domestic use and not meant to boil water over and over again because, in a nutshell, it is not the most efficient means of boiling water in large volumes.
There is a long equation and, the final figure could change but one consumer organisation found that to boil a litre of water in a domestic kettle cost around 2.3p in energy.
In isolation, this figure is not bad. Until you realise how often the kettle is boiled in any given day. Multiply this by how many days a week the staff are in situ and you will find that your energy bill for a boiled kettle can start to add up.
You will also notice waste too; for example, how many times have you watched the kettle boil only for it to be left to cool because a customer rang/called in and so on. Only for the kettle to be re-boiled again?
- Kettle replacement
The domestic kettle is a simple beast. With very few moving parts and a smart, quick heating element in the base, the kettle lasts for a few years under normal circumstances.
Being boiled upwards of 10 times a day will mean that simple heating element will, at some point, wear out. And off you go to buy a new kettle. If you notice you are buying kettles on a frequent basis, invest your money in a water cooler instead.
- Numbers are rising
This is a very quick and simple one. If your staff team is expanding, and you have more visitors too, then your kettle will not cope. It is that simple.
Let’s be honest, perhaps your most valuable assets are your people. Without the skills within your staff team, your business would limp from one project to another.
You need to look after these people and to invest in the social, kitchen area is one way of showing people that you take them and their well-being seriously. So, if people are complaining that they are not getting a hot drink, invest in a water boiler.