Water Coolers Can Be Good for Your Office

Nutritional experts generally recommend drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day if you want to remain healthy and well hydrated. For many working Americans, however, this can be a difficult proposition, particularly if their workplaces don’t allow access to water coolers. Installing a Vertex water cooler may help your employees become a healthier, happier, more productive workforce.

Types of Water Coolers

Water coolers come in a variety of models:

• Freestanding water coolers: Many water coolers are connected to a large reservoir of water that is placed on top of the dispensing mechanism. This reservoir may be outsourced from a water dispensary business, or it may be a large receptacle that’s refilled in-house with filtered tap water as needed. Many freestanding water cooler models contain equipment that heats or cools the water that’s dispensed.

• Point-of-Use (POU) water coolers: POU water coolers are connected to the office’s own water pipes. Often some kind of filtration system is added to that connection. POU coolers are more hygienic than freestanding coolers because there’s no reservoir where potentially harmful microorganisms can congregate.

• Bottom-load water coolers: While the reservoirs in most water coolers are placed above their water dispensing mechanisms, bottom-load coolers, as their name implies, sit on their reservoirs. This makes refilling and placing the reservoir unit easier.

The Water Cooler Effect

Water coolers have a significant place in office culture. When employees participate in social conversations that have little to do with the work they’re performing, they’re said to be engaging in “water cooler conversations.”

Superficially, it may appear as though the water cooler effect is detrimental to productivity, but most sociologists insist that it is an important component of team building. Additionally, water cooler chats serve as a venue for the type of brainstorming from which many potentially good ideas may emerge.

The water cooler provides a type of central office focus. People whose desks are distant from each other will run into each other there, and their communications with one another may generate the type of useful cross-pollination of ideas that might otherwise never occur.