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Three quarters of office workers more likely to stay in a job if they’ve built connections with colleagues

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75% of office workers would be more likely to stay in a job if they’ve built connections with colleagues,new researchby leading water dispenser brand BRITA VIVREAU has revealed.

Employers are facing a staffing crisis with poor mental health being the main cause of long-term sickness in the workforce. Working alongside a colleague has a positive impact on employees’ motivation and stress, this is particularly true for younger workers. 46% of Gen Z (18-24-year-olds) said working alongside somebody in the office improves their motivation, compared to 33% of 55-65-year-olds.

Having facilities in the office that encourage connections also has a significant impact. Nearly half (46%) of office workers said that facilities to make hot and cold drinks with a water dispenser help to facilitate conversations in the office and half (50%) expressed that their productivity improved after taking a tea or coffee break.

Gethin Nadin, MBPsS Psychologist and UK Mental Health Campaigner of the Year 2023, explains:

“Improving wellbeing in the workplace is far more about the micro things you can do as an employer than the big-ticket things that might take years and years to implement. It’s tweaks to your policies, running surveys more frequently and looking at office design.

“Employers can create an environment that’s more conducive to the wellbeing of their employees by considering what the office can offer that homeworking can’t. Having social spaces and facilities where people can congregate and share ideas promotes casual encounters which are integral to wellbeing.”

Chris Dagenais, General Manager, BRITA VIVREAU UK, adds:

“It’s never been more important for businesses to maintain an engaged and loyal workforce. At BRITA VIVREAU, we want to help employers use their office spaces to create supportive, positive and productive workplace cultures – which ultimately contributes to staff retention.

“It might sound simple, but something as straightforward as installing a water dispenser to keep employees hydrated not only boosts creativity and productivity, but can also help your staff spark conversations and build the relationships that maintain good mental health in the workplace. BRITA VIVREAU water dispensers provide a sustainable solution for businesses of all sizes looking to offer staff high-quality workplace amenities.”

More than a third (36%) said they would feel valued by their company if they had a water dispenser with cold, sparkling and still filtered water in the office. A much higher number than the quarter (25%) of office workers who would feel valued by their company if they were given free after-work drinks on a Friday.

However, the majority of offices don’t have hot and cold water dispensers, with only 13% of office workers reporting using a water dispenser with still, sparkling, and boiling water in the office.

BRITA VIVREAU water dispensers provide a sustainable and cost-effective way to provide still, sparkling or hot and cold water for any office environment. They offer an effective design that is sleek and elegant and can be installed anywhere in your office space – including reception areas, communal spaces, meetings rooms and open plan office spaces.

Visit www.brita.co.uk/news-stories/dispenser/refill-your-cup to find out how the facilities in your office can support a supportive and productive workplace culture.


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