The Water Delivery Company has been doing some work inspired by the idea of one of our competitors, Water for Work and home who are a bottled company based in Kent who have launched an innovative Water Wellbeing kiosk for their clients. Essentially a stand that is placed in the clients offices, the Wellpoint allows employees to measure the health of staff according to key health points such as blood pressure. As far as innovations for an industry this move towards monitoring and assisting health of staff is one of the best innovations we have seen in the UK water cooler industry in many years.
A water cooler client we have had in the centre of London for over five years takes a similar approach to the wellbeing of their staff and according to the HR manager over this time they have managed to bring down the average sick days per employee by over 35%. This has an obvious cost implication but the HR manager was keen to point out that the savings are far greater. We have benefited greatly from this initiative as well as they have increasingly moved towards having one water cooler per 15 employees – from an initial position five years ago of one per 35 employees. As the client points out the cost per water cooler is low compared with the benefit in sick days – although she is obviously not saying that water coolers are the only reason for this drop.
How much water should employees drink?
Impossible for us to say, but we can work back from the average amount of water employees should generally drink. Research done by the BBC points towards between 1.5 litres and 2.5 litres per day of drinking water which typically they obtain from home and work.
Each office is different e.g. some staff can often be away from the office frequently or clients often visit and need drinking water. We suggest estimating to aim for 1.5 litres per employee per day but this can change if some staff are often away from the office or clients often visit.
An important consideration can also be the proximity of staff to a water cooler and we often find that the provision of water coolers themselves is inadequate. If staff are not near a water cooler they are unlikely to move around the office to solely get drinking water. In 2008 we are put forward a trial allowing customers to trial an additional water cooler cost free for a month to see if staff found it easier to drink water – although it was taken up by less than 5% of our customers those that did trial the cooler kept it in 85% of the instances.
Customers do not need to see this as an extra expense though. Our range of plumbed plumbed water coolers means customers only need to pay a fixed sum per week for staff drinking water, and if you cannot fit a plumbed cooler in due to mains water considerations our range of bottled water coolers allow customer to get water to any area where staff work.
For further information on the benefits of water at work for staff and your cost of sick days please call us on 0845 006 3309.