Do you or the people you work with ever start feeling slow and tired toward the end of the workday? If your workplace is regularly hit with a 3 p.m. slump, it may be more than just tiredness that’s causing it. Rather than just being a sign of too little sleep or boredom, it may be a sign that the people in your workplace are dehydrated.
Many people assume that dehydration is only caused by physical exhaustion and extreme heat. But you don’t have to be physically active all day to suffer from dehydration. Many people who work desk jobs simply forget to drink enough water, or drink sodas and energy drinks instead. As a result, lots of office workers start feeling the effects of not having enough water in their bodies, the longer the day goes on, leading to tiredness, inability to concentrate, and other productivity-sapping symptoms.
Here are some steps that can be taken to ensure everyone is getting their minimum daily water needs met at work:
- Make sure employees have access to fresh filtered water: If your workplace has a water cooler, employees are more likely to drink the minimum amount of water they need in a day.
- Encourage employees to bring their own water bottles: Adults should be drinking between 8-10 cups of water a day. To put that another way, that’s the same as drinking three 16 oz. water bottles during the workday. By encouraging employees to bring their own water bottles to work, and letting them fill up at the company water cooler, they’ll be more likely to drink a healthy amount of water every day.