For business owners, the winter period can be a difficult one, as members of staff tend to succumb to colds and other general 'lurgies' in the office. This is often viewed as inevitable, but the fact is there is a lot that you can do to improve your office health and promote well-being amongst your team. First, bear in mind that the run-up to Christmas tends to mean an office filled with sweets and chocolate. This is delicious, but it means that most people will be falling asleep at their desks after lunchtime! See if there is any appetite amongst your staff for a healthier alternative in the run up to Christmas. If you don't have an employee forum, this could be a good reason to start one. Encourage everyone to drink water and stay energised, well and feeling healthy. Install a bottled water dispenser in the kitchen and one or more water coolers near meeting or reception areas, and keep cups on hand for people to use. Why not also start a fruit box delivery to the office? There are some great local schemes and this will help your staff stay healthy and allow them to benefit from 'eating' water, as well as taking in vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C, for example, is an essential vitamin for avoiding colds and it's found in many fruits. See if your staff would like to contribute towards a regular organic fruit box delivery and perhaps offer to front 50% of the costs. If the scheme boosts morale and reduces sickness, you'll benefit financially! Other things to consider include buying herbal and fruit teas for the office, so that members of staff can drink plenty of liquids, whilst avoiding caffeine and excess sugar. Again, you should notice a positive difference in the office well-being and energy levels. Peppermint, green teas, ginger teas and fruit teas are great options for the colder months and they provide a welcome and warming boost for visitors too. Latest news from Angel Springs, leading UK supplier of office water dispensers, bottled and mains-fed water coolers and eco boilers.