Water Cooler Etiquette 2020

Water Cooler Etiquette 2020

Seeing where we are, we thought it might be prudent and practical to update the guidelines around what is considered good etiquette when replenishing your water bottle or water glass at your office water cooler.

Queuing instead of gathering. Unlike previously where we referred to confusing queues, that’s unlikely to happen currently.  Therefore, less queue confusion and more distance queuing is in order. The positive here is it’s unlikely that you’ll need to fight your way past other chatters seeking hydration, allowing you more time and easier access to your cool water or hot water for your lemon water, tea, coffee or a newcomer, the bubble tea (more on this in another instalment).

Distance dispensing.  We’re sure that every employer, as with all employees, is making sure that their office or workspace is routinely sanitised and cleansed, to ensure you a safe working environment, with you doing your bit, of course. At AquAid, each of our range of top quality water dispensers is designed in keeping with the highest levels of hygiene at the forefront. This includes the recent introduction of a range of Touch-Free hot and cold water dispensers as well as a non-touch, easy fit attachment for our entire range of hot water boilers.

Sanitise, sanitise, sanitise. As with distance dispensing, maintaining good sanitisation habits protects both you and your colleagues.  Again, integral to our business, we understand the importance of sanitisation, which is why we sanitise all Bottled water coolers every three months and all Mainsfed water dispensers every six months.

But, what about your water cooler supplier? How are they helping to ensure a constant, safe supply of drinking water? Rest assured that here at AquAid, we continue to take all precautions and necessary steps to reduce any risk to both staff and customers.

We’re sure, with these updated water cooler etiquettes, we can continue to band together (at a respectful distance, mind) to keep the water cooler the friendliest spot in the office, wherever that may be.

Witticisms at the Water Cooler III

Witticisms at the Water Cooler III

It has been a while. In a while, crocodile? Longer than that. The length of five crocodiles, from tip to tail perhaps.

Think of this instalment as a great refresher in time for the festive season. Where you could become one of those walking, talking cracker inserts, spouting witticisms with ease. You may be brained with a gravy boat, but let’s hope not.  Perhaps advisable to test them out in your work bubble, on your colleagues, when you meet (at a distance) during your water cooler break.

To find previous instalments, here they are: Witticisms I and Witticism II

Without further ado, let’s launch into this year’s batch:

In the buff.  A buff-coat was a light brownish/yellow leather tunic worn by English soldiers up until the 17th century. The original meaning of ‘in the buff’ was simply to be wearing such a coat. Later on, ‘in the buff’ was used to mean naked, due to the colour of the skin, which is similar to the buff coat.*

Mad as a hatter. Nineteenth century mercury was used in the making of hats. This was known to have affected the nervous systems of hatters, causing them to tremble and appear insane. Mercury poisoning is still known today as ‘Mad Hatter’s disease’*. Rather grim, this.

Frog in the throat. The earliest use of this name for a sore throat, was actually supposed to be a ‘cure’. In The Stevens Point Journal, November 1894, the Taylor Bros advertised a medicine called ‘Frog in the Throat’ that will ‘cure hoarseness’ for only 10 cents a box*.  Own up, if you, like me, are as gobsmacked about the origin of this expression.

Barking mad. The most probable meaning for this phrase is a reference to rabid dogs, barking in their madness.  A more interesting (but less likely) tale is that ‘barking mad’ originates from the east London suburb of Barking, where there was an asylum for the insane during the medieval period.*

Busy as a bee. Chaucer coined the term in the Squire’s Tale, from his Canterbury Tales, around 1386-1400.*

As suggested before – to ensure you don’t get dinged on the head with a gravy boat (or similar) while regaling your nearest and dearest at Christmas, we suggest a gradual entry into potential hot water – by trying the witticisms out on your workmates first.  First (and safest) prize is when you replenish your drinking water while on a water cooler break as you regale your colleagues from a remote workspace.

 

source: excerpts from an article at The Stylist

Water Cooler Health: The Art of Balance

Water Cooler Health: The Art of Balance

Irrespective of what stage of life we are at or what aspect of life we’re approaching, we are forever exhorted to maintain balance.

Researching ‘maintaining balance’ produces multiple results, the majority which refer to a work-life balance. While not surprising, we believe the act of balancing encompasses far more.

Body balance. Our ability to balance relies on multiple factors within our physical makeup. From when we take our first steps, we’re learning how important balance is. According to Wiki: The sense of balance is the perception of balance and spatial orientation.  It helps prevent humans from falling over when standing or moving. Equilibrioception is the result of a number of sensory systems working together: the eyes (visual system), the inner ears (vestibular system), and the body’s sense of where it is in space (proprioception) ideally need to be intact.

As an example, this is why we tend to feel out of balance and uncoordinated when we have a head cold or hay fever where our sinus and nasal passages are blocked up.

Day to day balance. Even if our work is our passion, there’s no denying that a balance needs to be found in our daily life. Instead of a work-life balance, as working is part of life, we think it’s perhaps better to term it a combination of work, play and rest.  Balancing these three aspects of life may be easier said than achieved, however, they are achievable. The trick may be is to recognise when we are feeling off kilter and from there make sure that we practise more of what has been ignored.

Where does drinking water fit into balance? Simply put, maintaining proper hydration helps immensely with the mind and body’s ability to function well. This includes our ability to balance, whether we tend to being more sedentary or more active. As we continue to drink enough water, it helps keep the nasal passages clear, muscles are better equipped to perform more easily and joints have more lubrication.

Finally, perhaps the best indicator of how important it is to maintain balance comes from ancient philosophy, specifically, from Aristotle who said, “Moderation in all things.”

Water, Wellness and You

Water, Wellness and You

Maintaining even a modicum of the usual fitness levels can be difficult during normal circumstances; during periods of social distancing, they may seem well-nigh impossible. We don’t all have a home gyms or exercise equipment in our place of residence. For many of us, both indoor and outdoor space can also be an issue.

That said, here at AquAid, we looked at exercise methods that are not only better suited to a more private indoor environment but are also easily achievable. A few examples are:

Resistance training – using workout/exercise bands.

Walking, climbing stairs, on the spot jogging – after a good warm up.

Yoga, Pilates and stretching exercises.

Seated exercise – at your desk or in your workspace.

Home weights training – you can use anything from a tin of beans to a dictionary for this.

As always, with any form of mobility, exercising or fitness training, the key to protecting your body and mind while being able to better perform during any fitness or exercise is to make sure you drink water. If you prefer more high impact exercising – e.g. cardio workouts or dancing, where you sweat more, the rule is simple – drink more water.

There is a considerable amount of videos freely available online to guide even the most sedentary of us to basic fitness health, but we particularly liked the videos available at the NHS.

Here’s wishing you a safe, enjoyable and very well hydrated work out, wherever you are, whatever size your home, home office or current workspace.

Water Cooler Wit: Strange Facts We Didn’t Know Before

Water Cooler Wit: Strange Facts We Didn’t Know Before

Cheetahs don’t overheat when running. It was previously believed that cheetahs, who can achieve speeds of up to 60mph, could only maintain such speeds in short bursts because they would overheat. This is apparently not the case, according to a study published in Biology Letters. Scientists remotely measured the body temperature of cheetahs in action, and found that their inner temperatures weren’t the problem at all.*

Just remember, though, we’re not cheetahs, by any measure, and we do overheat (even when performing mild exercise).  We also overheat (and sweat) when the weather is cooler – it’s just not as noticeable. This is why it’s advisable to make sure you have your water glass or bottle topped up and make frequent trips to your water cooler.

The chance of life existing on another planet is much more likely if there’s water to be found. This news comes as in 2015; scientists tracked down evidence of ‘liquid water flows’ on Mars. Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta’s Lujendra Ojha, the lead author of the study which presented the evidence, explained, “The presence of liquid water on Mars’ present-day surface therefore points to environment[s] that are more habitable than previously thought.”*

Such discoveries, while incredible, should indicate how precious a resource water is, to, at the very least, sustain life. Until we can reach the stars, so to speak, we would recommend relishing every mouthful of water we have to drink.

Your eardrums move when you move your eyes. Your eardrums don’t have anything to do with your sense of sight, as far as we know. That’s why it was so surprising when a 2018 study in PNAS revealed that our eardrums move when we move our eyes.*

To all of you rushing to the closest mirror to check, it said eardrums, unlikely you’ll be able to confirm this unless you are an ENT.

The world’s most intense natural colour comes from an African fruit.  Pollia condensata, sometimes called the ‘marble berry’ is a small blue fruit that grows in African forests in countries like Ethiopia, Mozambique and Tanzania. While the fruit isn’t edible, Smithsonian reported that a 2012 study “determined that the fruit’s tissue is more intensely coloured than any previously studied biological tissue – reflecting 30 percent of light, as compared to a silver mirror, making it more intense than even the renowned color of a Morpho butterfly’s wings.”*

Having being fortunate enough to visit all three countries mentioned, this blogger is a little regretful to have not ever seen this intensely coloured berry. Haven’t seen the Morpho butterfly either, come to think of it! This is when one is very thankful for the triple w’s (World Wide Web).

Now you have some new (hopefully) knowledge tucked under your belt, you’re all set not only to refresh your drinking water when visiting the office water cooler, but also your water cooler chitchat with your colleagues. If working remotely, you can, of course, regale everyone at the next Zoom meeting.

*source: from an article at Best Life