What Are the Benefits of Water Coolers for Office Culture?
Job satisfaction is about more than just the work we do; it’s about how we feel while we’re doing it. Which is why closing your emails and taking a short stroll around the office does wonders for your wellbeing. Workers who take regular water cooler breaks report feeling happier, less stressed, and closer to their colleagues.
If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a water cooler at work makes the Grim Reaper go berserk. That’s because there are tons of health benefits associated with drinking water, including losing weight and living longer. In fact, office workers who stretch their legs at least once every 30 minutes have a lower risk of early death than ones who don’t.
Lower Illness and Injury Costs
Healthy, well-hydrated workers are great news for your bottom line. Sickness absenteeism costs US businesses an average of $1,685 per employee, per year – that’s $225 billion in total. Employees who work through illness are equally bad for business, costing employers about $150 billion to $250 billion annually.
By contrast, a 5-gallon refillable water cooler bottle of spring water costs around $17. You do the math.
More Cross-Business Connections
MIT researchers who studied the impact of workplace socializing found that people who spent more time chatting around the water cooler had a stronger personal network of company contacts. Astonishingly, one study found that workers whose personal network was in the top third were more than 10% more productive in their jobs.
The moral of the story? Health + happiness + collaboration - illness and injury costs = productivity