In 2018, a Quench survey of more than 1,000 American workers found that nearly 80% of employees didn't consume enough of the one resource that was inexpensive, largely available, and essential to health and productivity: water.
In reference to that survey, the Wellness Council of America noted that employers who don't encourage hydration in their corporate wellness programs may be missing one of the most simple and inexpensive wellness measures they can provide to their employees.
Research supports that even slight dehydration impacts our ability to think clearly and control mood. As reported in the HidrateSpark blog post Can hydration impact a person's mood?, one study found that even mild dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. In a similar study, participants that were dehydrated experienced difficulty completing mental tasks, especially in areas of vigilance and memory. They also experienced anxiety and tension. Most importantly, when the participants consumed water (compared to when they were mildly dehydrated), their mood improved and they had increased neural activity when faced with demanding tasks.
In short, by encouraging employees to drink more water and making it convenient for them to do so, employers can improve their team members' alertness, energy, and productivity.
Add Hidrate Health to Your Company Wellness Program
HidrateSpark can be an essential part of your company wellness program, especially if your company signs up for Hidrate Health.
HidrateSpark's Hidrate Health platform was developed to encourage, engage, and remotely monitor healthy hydration habits for your employees. You supply team members with HidrateSpark smart water bottles and they join your group via the HidrateSpark app, which syncs seamlessly to the Hidrate Health platform.
Hidrate Health allows you to monitor healthy hydration habits remotely, provides the opportunity for you to encourage team members with custom notifications, and promote healthy habits with fun challenges. Hidrate Health plans are flexible and can easily be incorporated into other wellness programs.
Company Wellness Programs Benefit Employers and Employees
Designing and managing a company wellness program is an important step in improving the health and productivity of employees and potentially improving the overall cost of employer-provided health care, says the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A well-thought-out wellness program benefits both the employee's health and the employer's bottom line.
Company wellness programs can benefit employers by helping to:
- Lower healthcare costs
- Reduce absenteeism
- Increase employee productivity
- Reduce injuries, as well as workers' compensation and disability-related costs
- Improve employee morale and loyalty