The Best Water Coolers for Your Office
The average adult human body is made up of up to 65% water, making this clear blue liquid one of the most important parts of maintaining good health in general. Physicians often recommend consuming up to two liters of water a day (roughly 8 glasses). The average workday spans up to eight hours. This got us thinking — does your company have a clean water supply in place that could (hypothetically) sustain each employee drinking the required glass an hour?
No? Don’t worry. Most companies don’t, and many underestimate the benefits of having a consistent freshwater supply, not only from an employee perspective but from a financial perspective too. Office water coolers, for example, provide this consistent supply and also have a host of other benefits which we should explore a little further.
The Benefits of Having a Water Cooler in the Workplace
And no, this doesn’t just relate to the social aspect of having employees gather for a quick chat in their break time or even over lunch (although this is a good way to encourage company culture too). Firstly, an office cooler helps to provide a fresh supply of water to both staff and guests. Nobody is left guessing whether the water they are consuming is detrimental to their health in any way, as is often the case with polluted tap water in most countries around the world. Not to mention, your guests will be left with a good impression of your company (something that would not happen if Jane from accounting had to run to the tap in the kitchen each time a guest she was meeting with asked her for some water), especially if you position the cooler near primary meeting rooms and possibly in reception as well. On average, a company of 50 people requires three or four coolers in key areas around the office.
Keeping this in mind, can you imagine what it would cost to stock individual still water bottles for each member of staff, as well as guests arriving for meetings? This does not make financial sense (nor does it help your sustainability profile to be using that much plastic each day), especially in economically tight times.
By entering a contract with a water cooler supplier, you’re not only able to get better value for your money, but there are no unforeseen surprises when it comes to invoicing either: you are charged a fixed rate, with the company delivering directly to you on a regular schedule, with very little hassle.
The Different Types of Water Coolers
There are two primary types of water coolers doing their rounds in most businesses around the world these days.
Bottled water coolers provide underground mountain spring water that has been purified and filtered multiple times. This happens using activated oxygen, and no chemicals are added in the process. This is a good option for smaller sized companies, that attend most of their weekly meetings off-site. A bottled water cooler also leaves you with very little surprises when it comes to your water bill.
Bottleless water coolers provide filtered water directly from the source, cleaning the water directly from your tap supply. This doesn’t leave you with the risk of running out in any given month and can be beneficial to large teams with multiple in-house meetings in a week. Many corporations opt for this, while also monitoring their water use a little more carefully. Employees and guests may not use this kind of cooler as sparingly (consider this similar to “uncapped” vs. “capped” WiFi), but it does give you peace of mind that you won’t run into problems towards the end of the month when that important investor arrives for a funding meeting and you’re left scrambling.
Popular Water Cooler Suppliers
While there are many water cooler suppliers in South Africa, there are three that have caught our eye in particular:
The Water Cooler Company offers a variety of options, mostly in the bottled cooler type. Based in Cape Town, but offering next day delivery, these guys offer a trusted, family-run service.
YuppieChef offers an online selection of water coolers, providing customers with the choice to explore a diverse range of brands at a variety of prices. Consult with an expert before making a buying decision, and consider approaching a supplier directly should you want a longer-term solution for your home or business.
Aquazania, which has roots going back over 50 years, emerged out of a need for better quality drinking water. The product of intensive investigation and study of water markets worldwide, these guys are the Rolls Royce of water cooler suppliers (though they won’t cost you an arm and a leg).
Don’t leave your staff and guests high and dry (mouthed). Take pride in your office space as a home away from home for many of your employees, and consider a water cooler solution today.