Our #ThanksWalter Challenge & the importance of keeping hydrated at work!

This week for #wellnesswednesday we are challenging out team to an ‘8 glasses of Water a day Challenge!’ where we are promoting the benefits of staying hydrated throughout the day!

Promoting the drinking of water is not a new concept – but here at Pursuit we take H2O seriously! We provide our staff with a water cooler so they have access to water whenever they need it.

Introducing Walter.  Walter has been a loyal member of the team for a number of years, sitting quietly taking it all in from a distance. Always ready to jumop into action when needed, often goes un-noticed. Well today we have decided to change that and bring Walter into the limelight.

Whilst it is easy to forget that Walter our Water Cooler exists, we are promoting the importance of staying hydrated to our team. With this in mind, we have decided to run an ‘8 a day Water Challenge’ here at the office this week for #WellnessWednesday. Previous Wellness Wednesdays have included promoting sleep and healthy eating – but this is the first time we have turned the day into a challenge for the team!

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How it will work.

The Challenge will take place throughout the week and those who have completed the challenge will be rewarded with a prize!

Every time a member of the team gets themselves a glass of water they will call out ‘Thanks Walter!’ and our office manager will be keeping a tally on our daily Walter board!

Why are we promoting drinking water at work?

Keeping hydrated has many health benefits for the individual, but it also affects productivity at work – so something that should not be overlooked by employers! Our bodies are made up of about 60% water – and unlike camels, we have nowhere to store water. We constantly loose water from our body and so it is important to drink regularly throughout the day.

Research has shown that hydration has been linked to work performance and productivity. Our brain is made up of 73% water and therefore as you can imagine, if you are dehydrated your brain is not working at it’s full capacity. Lieberman HR (2007) published findings that has shown that just a 1-2% reduction can reduce our ability to concentrate as well as affecting our cognitive and physical performance. It can also increase feelings of aggression or irritation – and stress!

In fact, Water Logic, Australia, reported that a 3-4% drop in hydration can lead to a drop in productivity of between 25-50%! Below is an infographic that Water Logic published to show the importance of drinking water at work. We thought it was too good not to share!

Improve employee performance through hydration

Here are the top reasons to stay hydrated!

  • Stay focused:Dehydration can lead to lack of energy, difficulty in concentrating, and sub-optimal brain function.
  • Prevent Headaches and Migraines:Dehydration is believed to be a major contributing factor in the occurrence of headaches and migraines.
  • Increase metabolism:Correctly hydrated people are less likely suffer from constipation, which is an excellent reason to increase your water consumption.
  • Improve your mood:Several studies have proven dehydration can lead to negative moods and interfere with a person’s ability to think rationally.
  • Faster Weight Loss:If you are on a calorie-controlled diet, research has shown drinking several litres of water can help boost your metabolism.

Pursuit’s top tips to fight dehydration in the workplace!

  • Provide easy access to water in the office – Install a Walter! Workers with easy access to cool, clean water are far more likely to stay well hydrated.
  • Promote drinking 2 litres of water daily to your staff. The European Food Safety Authority recommends a total water intake of 2.5 litres for men and 2.0 litres for women per day, via food and drink.
  • Break it up into 8 portions:The best way to drink 2 litres every day is to spread it into 8 equal portions. Drinking a glass of water is the easiest way, but you can also get water from a variety of foods including melon, soups, stews, fruit and vegetables.
  • Limit coffee to 4 cups a day:Try to persuade employees to drink no more than 4 cups of coffee / tea a day as caffeine is a leading cause of dehydration.

We hope you have found this information insightful! Here at Pursuit Resources Group, we value our employees and the team are really enjoying our #wellnesswednesday days! We have an exciting programme of activities planned over the coming weeks so be sure to follow us on Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram) and check in on our blog every Wednesday !

References:

Lieberman HR (2007) Hydration and cognition: a critical review and recommendations for future research. Journal of the American College of Nutrition 25, 555S-561S