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Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in the bustling environment of an office. From enhancing focus to maintaining overall health, water plays a vital role in the workplace. Staying hydrated is crucial in the bustling environment of an office, yet a recent eye-opening study by Aquablu (2024) revealed that 86% of office workers aren’t getting enough hydration, posing significant risks to business performance and employee health.

In this blog post, we will explore the relationship between staying hydrated and workplace effectiveness. Offering practical advice and insights, we’ll ensure you and your team are armed with the knowledge to stay refreshed and operate at peak performance levels.

The importance of hydration in the workplace

First, let’s discuss the importance of staying hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your body is unable to function optimally. Let’s explore the importance of hydration and delve into 5 reasons why staying hydrated at work is crucial:


  1. Enhanced Cognitive Function: Proper hydration ensures optimal brain functioning, including improved concentration, memory and decision-making abilities, enabling you to handle complex tasks and maintain mental clarity throughout the workday.
  2. Increased Energy Levels: Dehydration can lead to feelings of fatigue and sluggishness, making it challenging to stay productive and focused throughout the day.
  3. Improved Physical Performance: Hydration isn’t just essential for mental activity, it is also important for physical performance. Whether you’re sitting at a desk or engaging in physical activities, staying hydrated helps regulate body temperature, reduce joint pain, prevent muscle cramps and encourage correct organ functioning.
  4. Boosted Mood and Morale: Dehydration can impact moods, leading to irritability, anxiety and even headaches. By staying hydrated, you can promote a positive mindset and overall well-being levels amongst your employees, helping to support a more enjoyable work environment.
  5. Reduced Caffeine Crashes: Coffee, due to its caffeine content, is a natural diuretic that can lead to dehydration if not accompanied by a sufficient water intake. Therefore, drinking water alongside or after coffee can reduce the risk of dehydration and help prevent caffeine-related crashes to keep you more alert and focused throughout the day.

How much water should you be drinking in the office?

The UK’s National Health Service advises drinking between 6 to 8 cups or glasses a day to maintain hydration including water, soft drinks, milk, tea and coffee (Eatwell Guide, 2024).  However, individual needs may vary based on factors such as age, gender, weight and activity. It is important to note the following signs of dehydration from your body indicating that you need more fluids, including:

  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feeling tired or weak
  • Having a headache
  • Having a dry or sticky mouth
  • Noticing that you have sunken eyes
  • Passing water less often than usual (British Heart Foundation, 2024)

It is important to start drinking more fluids when you notice these signs including water or other healthy drinks to correct any dehydration.

What is the best water dispenser for an office?

Now that we’ve established the critical importance of hydration in the workplace, it’s essential to consider how you’ll provide your staff with the best hydration solution. While tap water is generally safe to drink in the UK, it may contain impurities like chemicals, minerals, and bacteria, which can affect taste and quality. This is where a water dispenser comes into play, offering filtered water ensures a clean and refreshing taste for your team throughout the day.

Modern water dispensers designed for offices come in a variety of sleek and stylish designs, seamlessly blending with your office decor. These dispensers can be conveniently installed directly onto your office kitchen countertop, providing easy access for everyone. Beyond the practical benefits, offering filtered water through a dispenser is a tangible way to demonstrate your company’s commitment to employee health and well-being. It’s a simple yet meaningful workplace perk that underscores your organisation’s values and helps to create a positive office environment.

The benefits of vitamin-enriched water in the offices

In today’s fast-paced work environments, where employees are increasingly prioritising their health and well-being, evidenced by the growing popularity of healthy vending machines, there’s a pressing need to cater to these evolving lifestyle choices. This demand is further indicated by research stating that by 2025, Gen Z, a generation with a particular focus on health and environmental concerns, will make up 27% of the total workforce (Aquablu, 2024).

Recognising this shift towards healthier workplace environments, there has been an increase in the installation of innovative solutions, such as vitamin-enriched water dispensers across UK offices. Here at Vending Sense, we are proud to introduce our latest offering, the Aquablu Refill+, designed to address the dual needs of hydration and productivity. These dispensers provide filtered, sparkling, and ambient water infused with a variety of natural flavours, along with essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. Studies indicate that this combination can enhance workplace productivity by up to 14% (Aquablu, 2024).

From refreshing lemon, to boost immunity with Vitamin C, D, B12 and Zinc to raspberry pomegranate to restore balance with Vitamin E, B5, B6 and B12 our diverse range of flavours are tailored to meet the unique preferences and nutritional requirements of your employees. Plus, these drinks contain no added sugar, ensuring a healthy hydration experience throughout the day. With our vitamin-enriched water dispensers, your office is not just providing hydration but is nurturing a healthier, more engaged workforce adapting to today’s healthier behaviours.

In conclusion, maintaining hydration at work is essential for employee health, well-being, and productivity. From enhancing cognitive function to boosting mood and morale, the benefits of staying hydrated are undeniable. By understanding the importance of hydration and implementing practical solutions such as countertop water dispensers, as praised by many of our satisfied customers for convenient accessibility, or our new vitamin-enriched water dispensers, employers can create a healthier and more vibrant workplace environment.