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Enabling Workplace Wellness with Water

If you’ve stepped outside lately, then you know it’s hot...really hot. Dehydration can make us feel under-the-weather, sick, and can even be dangerous. Because of these reasons, staying hydrated is a vital component of workplace wellness. When your employees aren’t feeling well, they won’t perform as well. Simple as that. Workplace wellness isn’t just important for the individual. The entire company benefits when everyone is feeling their best, showing up to work, and completing their assigned tasks. Every employer should stay aware of how heat-stress can affect their workers and their business, in order to reduce illnesses related to dehydration, while increasing productivity. 

Working in the Heat 
It’s a no-brainer, but if you have employees that work outside during the day, they’re at a greater risk for problems like heatstroke. Direct sunlight and physical exertion combined with lack of water are the only ingredients you need for something to go wrong. As an employer, think about providing a cooler of water or sports drinks to crew members that spend long hours under the sun.  Fainting, dizziness, and nausea are just a few symptoms that can affect someone sick from the heat. 

Dehydration Decreases Productivity 
Make sure you’re stressing workplace wellness for employees that work indoors, too. Dehydration can have mild effects that still affect productivity levels during business hours. It can cause mental fatigue, make it harder to process information, thus leading to mistakes and errors in work. When our bodies are sufficiently hydrated, our attention-span is more easily focused, allowing us to work more efficiently. 

Hydration Boosts Moral
Another reason why you should urge your employees to drink water is because it improves mood! Dehydration can lead to grumpiness and bad moods, which nobody wants to work around. Something as simple as hydration can help boost moral by improving the attitudes of everyone. Positive attitudes mean a positive work environment. 

Make Water Readily Available 
As a business-owner, it is your job to take all steps necessary to take care of your employees. How convenient is it for your staff members to get a drink of water when they’re feeling thirsty? Water fountains, filtered faucets,, or water stations are all easy ways to keep cool and quench thirst. It doesn’t have to be hard to achieve workplace wellness, but it does have to be a priority. Are there cups in the break room? Is there an ice machine? Think of some ways you can improve and make it easier for your workers to stay hydrated.

Implementing Workplace Wellness
So how do you execute workplace wellness when it comes to staying hydrated, especially in the heat? You can’t babysit your employees and force them to drink water, but you can set a good example. Consider sending email reminders to drink water or start a friendly-competition to see who reaches their daily water goal each day. Suggest frequent water breaks when working outside, post reminders to stay hydrated in the heat, and pay attention to signs of severe dehydration in your staff members. 

Concerns about hydration or other health-related issues? Stop by any of our three locations in Conway to talk it over.