If you’re the procurement officer, finance manager or personnel responsible for purchasing anything in the company, your work life is probably riddled with headache upon headache. As the business continues its metamorphic lifecycle in its quest for total market domination, you’re stuck with making choices that impact its trajectory. One mistake, a wrong purchase later, and you’ve got everyone wielding makeshift pitchforks and steaks, made out of pens and staplers, as they breathe down your neck.
It’s all too much to bear at times, especially when the company’s CEO celebrates their 1000th employee to the team. For them, it’s a hallmark of the organization’s great strides, but for you it’s one more potential pitchfork to worry about.
You now have to consider purchasing new equipment to cater to the insatiable needs of the workforce, and decide on aspects such as how many water dispensers you should purchase shouldn’t be taken lightly. To quench your thirst for information on how to choose the best water cooler or product for your business, we’ve compiled some information that will help you to make the right decision.
Out with tap water
There’s no denying that tap water isn’t your safest bet when it comes to supplying thirsty staff with refreshing water. There are up to 2 100 substances found in it, including chlorine, which acts as an effective and economical disinfectant. However, it can also become poisonous at higher levels and therefore deadly to humans.
Add fluoride to this equation and you have a real problem to consider. Although fluoride is healthy, and even good for our teeth, at two parts per million the substance can cause birth defects and bone spurs.
As economical as tap water is, it’s not a long term solution to quenching your staffs’ thirst and might even be responsible for the illnesses that spread around the office.
Now that tap water has been removed from the list of options at your disposal, consider alternatives such as water coolers and countertop water dispensers. When purchasing these products, you have to take into account aspects such as the number of people in your facility, what features the water cooler has on offer (especially how it filters water), the cost of maintaining the product, and the budget you have at your disposal.
Bottled water cooler
Bottled water coolers have been around for many years and are among the most preferred kinds of dispensers on the market. If you’re not too familiar with these kinds of products, they make use of a huge bottles of water that are inserted at the top of the cooler.
The benefits of this type of water cooler is that it can be moved from one area to the other without any fuss, as long as there is a plug point nearby. It also features two spouts that can dispense heated or cold water whenever you need it. What’s more, this option negates the need to place water in the fridge and wait for water to cool down, while also minimising the amount of time your staff spend waiting for the kettle to boil
Mains fed water coolers
Mains fed water coolers don’t require bottled water to dispense H20, which is good if you aren’t able to afford replacing the unit’s bottle every time its water is depleted. The catch, however, is that it has to be attached to a water source, which restricts where you can place it. However, it’s economical in the sense that you have water on demand and it can also provide hot or cold water when you need it. This means that you can buy fewer of these units to cater to a considerable number of staff.
Whatever option you choose between mains fed and bottled water coolers, you should think of how both will add value to your company. Each has its own features that make water accessible to your staff, and both you and your staff will not be left disappointed if you purchase these products from reputable suppliers.