In the busy workplace, it is easy to allow our wellbeing to be overlooked in favour of deadlines, meetings and the need to constantly achieve results. This way of working is actually counterproductive and you will find that a few moments to pay attention to your body’s refreshment will have demonstrably positive effects on your output.
Why refreshment is at the centre of workplace wellbeing
Positive effects from hot beverages
Our hectic lifestyles rarely leave time for reflection but it is the ability to take a step back that will ensure your continued productivity and creativity. Coupled with a revitalising beverage, you’ll notice enhanced mood and problem solving ability.
Taking time to enjoy a properly brewed cup of tea or coffee for example, stimulates pleasure sensors in the brain and can be a wonderfully indulgent moment in our hectic day that allows us to evaluate the task in hand. There is a wealth of research into the positive associations we have with coffee aromas and its stimulating effects – freshly roasted and ground beans needn’t be the preserve of the high street chain when there are a range of machines designed specifically for the workplace.
Hydration as a health benefit
Water, as we all know, is essential for life and optimum hydration is proven to reduce stress, added to which, electrolytes in water – sodium, potassium and other minerals – are vital for our normal body function. Air-conditioned or centrally heated offices and even general poor air quality can negatively affect our hydration levels and the result on our bodies is conspicuous when we experience dry skin. Good hydration will positively impact brain function and mood; a plumbed water cooler is not only an elegant addition to your office but a convenient way to maintain good hydration levels.
Juices to quench thirst and stimulate the body
If you find it difficult to drink as much water in the day as is commonly advised, some freshly squeezed juice may be a flavoursome alternative. In addition to the hydration that our bodies need, the essential vitamins and minerals derived from beautifully chilled orange or apple juice give us a real boost when we find our energies waning. Our juice machines offer a truly stimulating experience; being concentrates up to the point of dispense, they are the most cost and carbon efficient way of delivering thirst-quenching fruit refreshment. Packed in the UK using an aseptic process that only uses steam and heat to maintain the integrity of the products, there are no additives in order to retain the goodness in the juice.
The sharing experience
Beyond the healthy physical role that refreshment plays in our work lives it is also important for us as human beings to feel connected with our co-workers. Taking refreshment provides a welcome break in the day and also means we make time for the social elements of work. Having the opportunity to share a coffee will go a long way to improving mood and has a unifying effect, better able to tackle issues that arise within a team.
Employers that realise the importance of good refreshment will gain increased engagement and better overall health among staff. To find out how Aureo can contribute to your business and internal wellbeing please contact us today, we’d be happy to organise a demonstration for you.