Proper hydration in the workplace drives staff retention

By Gwen Ridler

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Proper hydration can help boost staff retention and create an attractive workplace
Proper hydration can help boost staff retention and create an attractive workplace

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Providing proper hydration for employees can be a useful tool in creating an attractive workplace that aids in staff retention, according to the Water Dispenser and Hydration Association (WHA).

The comments follow new research carried out by a team at the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) – part of the National Institute for Health in the US – that examined the links between blood sodium levels and fluid intake.

It found that adults with higher blood sodium levels were statistically more likely to develop chronic conditions than those with lower readings and were more likely to show signs of biological ageing. While the study did not demonstrate a causal link, it did demonstrate the importance of good hydration in promoting long term health.

Health benefits

“The health benefits of drinking water have long been known,”​ said Jon Wicks, chair of the WHA. “NHS guidelines recommend six to eight glasses of water a day to maintain proper hydration levels, but we also know that many people fail to reach these targets.

“This new research reinforces what we have known for some time. Remaining properly hydrated has numerous health benefits and installing water dispensers is a great way to provide access to fresh water for your staff.”

Water dispensers

WHA champions the benefits of hydration, citing water dispensers as a simple way to guarantee top levels of quality and safety.

It provides guidance, training and standards for the industry by ensuring that all members supplying water dispensers undergo annual audits and regular industry specific training ensuring the quality and sustainability of the services they provide.

Meanwhile, little opportunity for growth, a lack of feedback and a lack of flexible working were some of the key factors increasing staff turnover​,​ according to employee wellbeing expert Loopin.

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