Water is vital to life. It is the benign substance that keeps us hydrated and functioning and yet, with microscopic bacteria in it, it can become life-destroying. Clean and safe drinking water is an expectation of life here in the UK, and this is what we get when we turn on the tap. But, tap water is not for everyone. Some people worry about the chemicals that are added and the treatment it undergoes before it reaches the tap. Old pipes, once made from lead, are still in existence and those that live and work in old buildings worry about these affects with drinking water quality. There are times when the provision of clean drinking water through the mains may not always be viable, for a variety of reasons. The site where people are working may only be there for a matter of months or, the laying of water pipes may be too costly and too time consuming. This does not mean, however, that water can be forgotten about. Your workforce needs to stay hydrated, and there are many reasons why;
- People who are hydrated are more alert, both physically and emotionally – when a job role demands concentration, it pays to know that your staff team are functioning at their best. Water can be the substance that provides them with the brain power and energy to stay focused on a task. A 1% reduction in hydration levels can lead to a 10% reduction of concentration.
- The slump of a sugar rush and the ‘natural’ 2 pm or 3 pm slump – these are a common phenomenon that many say they suffer from, and thus water can help counteract this slump in energy levels.
- People need to move – you may think that your staff are only really working when they are sat at their laptops, their desks or workstations but actually, this lack of movement can mean that they are not as productive as what they should be. Standing up and walking for a glass of water to the nearest water cooler is one way that people can move and get the blood pressure pumping