Are Your Employees Hydrated?

How to Know If Your Employees are Drinking Enough Water?

Providing employees with fresh, clean drinking water is an easy way to boost morale and increase productivity in the office. Employees are often so focused on their job that they forget to drink enough water to keep them properly hydrated. To maintain a healthy level of hydration, the Institute of Medicine recommends that women drink about 90 oz. of water and men drink 125 oz. of water every day. You can take the lead by educating your employees on the importance of drinking plenty of water.

Hydrate your employees

Keep track of how much water you drink each day. One of the easiest ways to determine if you are hydrated is if you urinate frequently and your urine is clear.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have mild to moderate dehydration.

  • dry mouth
  • a lack of tears when crying
  • sleepiness
  • thirst
  • dry skin
  • headache
  • constipation
  • lightheadedness
  • decreased urine output

How to Treat Dehydration at Work

If you recognize the signs of dehydration while at work, begin to replenish your fluid levels immediately. Depending on your level of dehydration, you may need to drink as much as 60 oz. of water within a 2 to 4-hour time frame. Afterward, you should continue to drink at least 10 glasses of water per day to replace the lost fluid. Fluid replacement can take up to a day and a half.

4 Simple Ways to Avoid Dehydration

  1. Invest in a high-quality water cooler or water filtration system.
  2. Provide fresh fruit and vegetables for snacks as 20% of water intake comes from fruits and vegetables.
  3. Buy your employees water bottles or encourage them to bring a refillable water bottle to work.
  4. Schedule calendar alerts for water breaks.

Concerned your employees may be dehydrated? Read about Workplace Dehydration.

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