Mild dehydration can zap energy and awareness

Seventy-seven percent of American employees say they are not drinking enough water during the day — which could be impacting their work performance, according to new survey findings.

While the survey noted optimal consumption varies by individual, eight glasses of water, a total of 64 ounces, is often suggested per day to avoid dehydration, which can have a negative effect on employees’ productivity, energy level and alertness.

Workers’ most frequently cited reason for not drinking enough water was lack of thirst (43 percent). A lack of time to get water at work, having a cost involved and disliking the taste of water at work were also reasons employees don’t drink enough water throughout the day.

Generally, men drink more water than women. Twenty-seven percent of male employees say they consume enough to meet their health needs; yet only one in five (20 percent) of women do.

Generational differences also exist. Twenty-six percent of millennials always drink enough water during the workday, compared to 21 percent of Gen X members and 20 percent of Baby Boomers.

Find out more about workers’ water habits from this press release about Quench’s survey.