Why every office needs a coffee machine

Coffee machine

In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee every day, so it should come as no surprise, that we do most of our coffee drinking at work. Indeed, many of us are unable to start our working day properly until we’ve had our caffeine hit. Today, we’re turning our attention to how this coffee is supplied in the workplace. You may caffeinate your employees with instant or cafetiere coffee, but we believe that no workplace is complete without a coffee machine – and we’ll tell you why.

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Handling the top 5 office arguments

Office arguments

As the weather cools, we spend an increasing amount of our days behind our desks, wrapped up in the warmth. This can result in a tinder box of office workers cooped up inside, snipping and sniping at one another over every perceived slight and disagreement. Today, we’re going to be sharing what the five most common causes of workplace arguments are, as well as how to diffuse these fraught exchanges!

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The eternal battle: Office temperatures


As winter draws ever closer, the annual argument breaks out yet again – what is the perfect office temperature? Some office members will sit huddled under blankets and heaters, shivering, whilst other office members complain that the heating is driving them to distraction. There’s an obvious divide to the preferred office temperature, and it is a gender divide.

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The Gender Pay Gap legislation : How will this affect the facilities management industry?

Unequal pay

As of April 2017, all companies with over 250 employees must publish their gender pay gap within the next year. This will affect 9000 companies, employing 15million people. But what do we mean by a gender pay gap? And how will this procedure work, in practice? Never fear, in today’s blog, we’re sharing all you need to know about the gender pay gap legislation.

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Attracting and retaining Millennial Facilities Managers

Millennials at work

Here at The Watercooler Today, we are keen on keeping up with the latest trends and changes in the Facility Management World. That’s why today, we’re considering the newest emerging force of Facility Manager, the Millennial. By 2025, Millennials will account for 75% of facilities managers. This seismic change will bring about transformative shifts in working styles, preferences, and principles throughout the industry, that is why it is so important to take the time now to understand this newest cohort.

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Choosing your office coffee beans

Office coffee


In the UK, we drink approximately 55 million cups of coffee per day. Considering we spend 22% of our time in the workplace, we can safely assume that a large percentage of our coffee intake occurs there. But do we know the quality of the coffee we consume there, or if it is best suited to our workplace needs? Today, we’re going to be discussing how to choose the perfect coffee beans for your office or workplace

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The Open Plan Office – Yay or Nay?

Open plan office

On average, we spend 33% of our working day in the office. With so much time spent at our desk, the position, structure, and layout of the office we find ourselves can have a massive impact on our mood, productivity, and wellbeing. Today, we’re discussing the effect of the popular, open plan office.

Not sure what an open plan office is? With nearly 70% of offices adopting an open plan layout, chances are you’re reading this in one right now. An open plan office is the term used in architectural and interior design for a floor plan which utilises large, open spaces, and minimises the usage of private offices.

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Hydration: It’s all up in the air!

Departure lounge

When we fly, whether for business or for leisure, we like to be prepared. We like to know that we’ve packed all we need, and are ready for our journeys. However, there are some essentials we cannot prepare or pack. Passengers are unable to take liquids of more than 100ml through airport security, and this includes drinking water.

Recently, it’s come to light that over 50% of airports in the UK lack free drinking water for passengers (Money Saving Expert, 2017) in their passenger and departure lounges, meaning that if customers wish to remain hydrated once airside, they will have to purchase bottled water. This water is significantly increased in price, and can cost passengers up to £3.00 per bottle. Today, we’re discussing your rights when it comes to airport hydration, as well as why it’s so important!

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The impact of Brexit on Facilities Management

Today marks a historic day, the prime minister, Theresa May has triggered article 50, beginning a two year process that will result in the UK leaving the European Union, an institution we have been part of for 44 years. There has been much discussion about what this means, politically and socially, for the UK, but what does it mean for facilities management? We’ve undertaken some detective work to find out for you. Continue reading “The impact of Brexit on Facilities Management”