Water Coolers at the Workplace Keep Employees Hydrated, Healthy & Happy!

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Water is the most essential nutrient for our body and is crucial to our survival. Drinking an adequate amount of water to keep the body hydrated is the first essential step towards enjoying good health.

Why Is Hydration Important?

Good hydration allows our body to perform at an optimal level, control its temperature and process every biological, chemical and mechanical process taking place within it. Hydration facilitates the following functions in our body:

  • Carry Oxygen: Water helps to deliver oxygen all over the body
  • Boost the Brain: Since almost 77 – 85% of our brain consists of water, better hydration improves mental acuity. It also helps our brain to create hormones and neurotransmitters
  • Metabolize Fat: Adequate intake of water makes our kidneys and liver work efficiently and optimizes excess fat metabolism
  • Improve Digestion: Water breaks the food components down and helps to boost the digestive process and nutrient absorption in the body.
  • Enable Better Detox: Water helps to flush out toxins and waste material from our body.
  • Keep the Bones and Joints Happy: Water lubricates our joints and minimizes pain and wear and tear caused due to friction.
  • Regulate the Body Temperature: Hydrations controls spikes and drops in body temperature and affects respiration and sweating.
  • Make Cells Grow: Water allows the body’s cells to grow, reproduce and live
  • Lessen the Impact of Injuries: Water acts as a shock absorber for the brain and spinal cord and lessens the impact of injuries
  • Keep your Skin Soft and Supple: Water prevents dryness and the onset of wrinkles. Well hydrated skin looks smooth, healthy, glowing and young!

If the body is a machine, any deficiency or loss of water can cause a malfunction or downtime.

Another important fact to note is that while a large percentage of our body is comprised of H2O, we also losing this essential nutrient constantly and in multiple ways – while or without doing any laborious work – and mostly without being aware of it.

Therefore, replenishing that lost water is crucial to our overall well-being!

Importance of Proper Hydration at the Workplace

Staying hydrated at work might seem like a challenge for most of us. Besides, even if our daily job keeps us behind a workstation all day, it’s so much easier to grab a quick cup of coffee or a can of soda and skip a glass of water, isn’t it? Well, that’s where the problem lies! By the time we manage to chug a sip or two of water, we are already dehydrated and that’s what makes us feel tired and sluggish.

Did you know that dehydration is one of the main reasons why we have an unpleasant day at work? Not drinking enough water can trigger immediate problems such as headaches, joint and body ache, fatigue, lack of concentration and short term memory loss, as well as feelings of nausea – in short, the ultimate #buzzkill formula that leaves us with an irritable mood and a bad day at work. Bad mood equals less productivity as well as unnecessary altercation with colleagues.

Can Office Water Coolers Solve the Problem?

Yes! The office water cooler might have a bad reputation for being a place where employees kill time, however, in actuality it can do just the opposite! Statistics show that offices with a water cooler actually get more work done as compared to those without one!

When employees are properly hydrated, they feel good, think quick and work well.

Plus, they are less likely to guzzle down calorie-laden sugary drinks if they have easy access to fresh, clean drinking water at the touch of a button.

Also, it’s cheaper (read mostly free) for us to grab a glass of water than to run down to the cafeteria for a can of soda!

The mother of all benefits – for those of us trying to lose/watch our weight, a water cooler at the workplace would encourage a higher intake of water to keep those mean calories in check.

All-in-all, water coolers promote a culture of staying hydrated and help to constantly replenish the H2O loss by dispensing cool, clean and fresh drinking water. This not only improves our health, mood and workability at the office but also our lifestyle outside of work.

Explore Usha’s wide range of water coolers today to choose one that will keep your employees healthy, hydrated and happy!

You can buy these water coolers on Amazon and Flipkart

Importance of Having a Water Dispenser at the Workplace

Did you know?

  • Our brains are made up of 75% water
  • We need 7-8 glasses of water ever days to stay healthy and productive
  • A loss of just 1% – 2% of our body’s ideal water content can lead to dehydration
  • We operate at only 65% of our potential when not adequately hydrated

On an average, we spend around 60% of our day at the workplace – sitting in an office room, glaring at bright computer screens for hours, working out complex problems, crunching numbers, brainstorming and discovering the next out-of-the-box idea. All of these core activities and ancillary office tasks require a high level of concentration, reasoning ability, energy and attention. As we spend most of our waking time at the office, it is only fair to expect that our health and well-being be made the top most priority at our place of work. After all, the performance of an organization is directly linked to the health of its biggest asset – its workforce!

This is where the importance of dispensing clean, healthy drinking water at the workplace comes into the picture.

Ever fell into the dreaded afternoon slump? Those torturous moments post lunch when the mere idea of staying awake, let alone active, seems like a far cry; when your body resigns itself into a state of lull while your mind asks you to stay alert; well, it’s not your fault! It is at these moments that you should know that you need a quick drink of water. Even mild dehydration can restrict blood flow to the brain, triggering a series of reactions such as:

  • Reduced attention and mental alertness/ poor concentration
  • Reduced cognitive performance and alertness
  • Poor short term memory
  • Lethargy and tiredness
  • Demotivation
  • Sore eyes
  • Headaches
  • Aching joints

All these symptoms underline an important fact that companies need to pay heed to: if they want their employees to stay physically fit and mentally alert, providing clean drinking water in the workplace is imperative! Chugging a glass or two of water instantly hydrates the body and refreshes the mind, allowing us to perform to the best of our ability!

A Water Dispenser is the New Corporate Watering Hole

 One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to combat all of the pain points discussed above, vis-a-vis improving your employees’ health and productivity is to install a water dispenser at the workplace. This simple drinking water solution providing fresh and clean water on demand throughout the office hours will encourage your workers to increase their water intake, keep their minds on alert and their bodies ready to tackle every challenge – not to forget bring significant improvements to their overall health in the longer run as well!

The water dispenser area, in most office premises, is also a space where colleagues take a break to chat and lighten up before resuming their work. Thus, the water dispenser is instrumental in making the daily grind less monotonous, boosting camaraderie and inclusiveness within the company and improving its culture!

Companies that offer its employees healthy facilities such as clean drinking water dispensers, and help them maintain a fit and active lifestyle experience a host of noticeable benefits, some of which include:

  • Lower absenteeism rate
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved employee morale
  • Happier mood and attitude/better camaraderie
  • Higher motivation
  • Better turnover
    And more!

Your employees’ health and wellness is absolutely worth the investment. Installing a water dispenser in your office premises can prove to be a great start to ensuring that your staff stays healthy, engaged and productive.

Usha offers a wide range of water dispensers for the workplace that make fresh, clean and healthy drinking water easily accessible to your employees and help them maintain a healthy lifestyle. They also play a crucial role in improving business productivity by creating a healthier, happier work environment.

Explore the range today and buy exclusively on Amazon and Flipkart

How To Choose Water Heater Capacity

Given India’s geographical diversity and the natural change of seasons, the need for warm water is quite intrinsic. A water heater or geyser thus is a common household fixture found across the length and breadth of our country. But how big or small a water heater should you get – now that decision requires some serious thinking through! Let’s take a look at 3 important factors that determine the size of water heater to buy:

  1. Place of Installation

Different locations require different capacities of water heaters. For example, in kitchens, hot water requirement is minimal (perhaps, only to wash utensils). Therefore a small capacity water heater (around 1L – 3L) serves the purpose adequately. If you take a bucket shower, a 10L-15L storage water heater will serve your purpose; for an overhead shower, you should go for a slightly higher water heater capacity of 25L. However, if you love taking long, luxurious dips in a bath tub, a larger capacity of 35L – 50L geyser is what you need.

  1. Kind of Climate

Colder climates have lower ambient temperatures. In such climes, the heating element of a geyser takes longer to heat the water to a desired temperature. A large capacity storage water heater (about 10L – 35L) can heat up and store larger quantities of water and help to maintain a steady supply of the same over a longer duration of time (ideal for rushed mornings!) For places with relatively warmer climate, an1L-3L instant water heater will suffice.

  1. Number of People Using Hot Water

The capacity of a water heater is dependent on family size (obviously!). For larger families with more members requiring hot water within a defined period of time, large capacity water geysers are imperative. Fewer people require lesser hot water for their use and can do with a small size geyser.

The following chart will come handy when you decide to buy a water heater:

No. of Persons Recommended Water Heater Capacity
1 – 2 6 Litres – 10 Litres
3 – 4 15 Litres – 25 Litres
5 – 8 35 Litres – 50 Litres

Looking to buy a water geyser?

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Digitizer Junior: Where The Magic Happens

12650996_1672980302976953_8194313700030895085_nDigitizer Junior is a simple user-friendly software to design embroidery. It is the ideal place to begin your embroidery adventure!

The program automatically converts images of objects to embroidery patterns. It has also built-in fonts to create the texts and monograms. The software can also serve as a converter of embroidery patterns from different formats to .jef suited for USHA Janome Machines.

 Few of Important functions which you can do with Usha Janome Digitizer to enhance your embroidery:
– Converting embroidery formats stored in emd, pes, pec, hus, vip, VP3, PCs, xxx, dst, jmt into embroidery patterns supported by JANOME machines
– 16 built-in fonts to create the texts and monograms to unleash your creativity (full edition of size, angle of depression, letters’ width, etc.) 
– 3D preview which helps in visualising the actual appearance of embroidery displayed on the selected hoop
– Simulation of embroidery on the computer screen 
– Choice of 12 different possible embroidery stitches(satin stitch with the regulation of its density and width, 5 weaving stitches with the regulation of theirs density, stitches length and angle of depression, 5 decorative stitches – also with full adjustment)
– Freedom of choosing the order of embroidery (which color will be embroidered as first, which as second)
– Rotation, resize, mirror reflections and editing of the built-in embroidery patterns
– Program saves the embroidery patterns in format .jef (suited for embroidery on JANOME machines) 
– UNDO/REDO functions
– Fabric choice on which the embroidery pattern will be embroidered (automatic compensation – program adds stitches to the fabric that are stretchy – so that the embroidery pattern is not deformed after embroidery) 
– Possibility of extending program Junior to the full version Digitizer MBX 

USHA International bags National Energy Conservation Award 2015

Usha1Government confers USHA with first prize for manufacturing energy efficient ceiling fans for the second year

USHA International, once again bagged the first prize for its energy efficient fan range at the National Energy Conservation Awards 2015 held in New Delhi on December 14, 2015. With its range of 5 star labeled energy efficient fans, the company was conferred with this prestigious award for its maximum contribution in BEE Star labelled fan category. Mr. Rohit Mathur, President- Fans, USHA International, received the award on behalf of USHA from the Honourable Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal at an award event held at Vigyan Bhawan. The National Energy Conservation Award is an annual award ceremony organized to celebrate National Energy Conservation Day and recognize the contribution of companies from various industries towards energy saving.
It is a moment of pride as our contribution towards National energy saving mission is once again recognized by the Government of India. USHA Fans contribution towards energy saving over the past two years is calculated to be 21.5 million KWH units. The contribution is calculated by the standard formula introduced by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), statutory body under the Ministry of Power.

USHA energy efficient fans perform best with low energy input. This range of energy saving ceiling fan was introduced seven (7) years back. USHA fans, like Technix which is one of the lowest power consumption model with 43 watts in the industry, comes with 5 Star BEE rating. Others with 5 Star BEE rating include Vetra Plus, Exxo, Ergo to name a few. USHA fans are tested for air delivery, input power, service value, safety and mechanical strength and other performance metrics.

The National Energy Conservation Awards are instituted by the Government of India, Ministry of Power. The awards recognize innovations and achievements for efficient utilization and conservation of energy in various sectors including industries, buildings, aviation, and municipalities amongst others.

USHA was also identified among the top 100 Most Trusted brands in India in a recent survey conducted by AC Nielsen. The survey highlighted USHA among the top four (4) most trusted consumer durables brands in the country.

Usha Charms Jamia Bazaar

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Jamia Bazaar – Recreating a tradition of Craft, Creating an Opportunity for Artists

Usha International participated in Jamia Bazaar 2015 which was organized by Cequin – Centre of Equity and Inclusion on 25th and 26th November 2015 at Agha Khan Hall, New Delhi.

The Usha Stall at Jamia Bazaar

The Usha Stall at Jamia Bazaar

Usha created a sewing machine experiential zone for display and demonstration of Usha Janome range of machines – Memory craft, Computerized and Automatic Zig zag including the new kids sewing machine – My Fab Barbie.

Consumers were engaged on Dream Maker 120 and Memory Craft 9900 through exciting do-it-yourself projects like – bookmarks, mug warmers and embroidery swatches.

Many well-known designers & people associated with art & craft visited the Usha stall.

Many well-known designers & people associated with art & craft visited the Usha stall.

The Memory Craft 9900 Sewing Machine both attracted and amazed a number of patrons, with most of them downloading and creating their own embroidery designs through USB support.

Jyotiraditya Scindia gets curious about sewing

Jyotiraditya Scindia gets curious about sewing

Renowned personalities like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Priya Raje Scindia, Omar Abdullah and Sara Pilot visited our stall and were briefed about Usha Janome range of machines with Wi-Fi connectivity and USB support. Apart from this many well-known designers, HNIs and people associated with art and craft also visited the stall.

Priyadarshini Raje Scindia and her daughter Ananya Raje Scindia worked on MC 9900 while Sara Pilot made bookmarks on Dream Maker 120 for her sons.

Sara Pilot made Bookmarks on the Usha Janome Dream Maker 120

Sara Pilot made Bookmarks on the Usha Janome Dream Maker 120

Usha’s Participation proved to be very successful from Brand awareness and business point of view giving some good potential leads for Usha Janome range of machines.

The Sewing Machines also aroused the interest of Children

The Sewing Machines also aroused the interest of Children

This was the fourth year of Jamia Bazaar organized by Cequin. The initiative aims at promoting and creating awareness about the art and craft skills of the local artisans. Many other NGOs and brands participated in this edition of Jamia Bazaar showcasing the talent and work of local artisans. The stalls showcased products like quilted bed covers, Chanderi Sarees, Pashmina shawls, antique jewellery, handmade accessories, women apparel, home décor items and so on.

Scenes from the Usha Stall at Jamia Bazzar

Scenes from Jamia Bazzar

USHA 4th Most Trusted Consumer Durable Brand

Brand USHA has emerged at 75th rank amongst the 100 most trusted brands in the Economic Times Brand Equity Most Trusted Brands 2015 annual survey published yesterday. From being ranked 116th  last year, Usha has risen to the 75thmost trusted brand in the country this year making it one of the biggest gainers.  Brand USHA has also been ranked as the 4th most trusted consumer durable brand.

 This survey identifies brands that have the consumer’s trust. The attributes that were researched were quality, value for money, worthy of recommendation to friends and family and understanding consumer needs.

Conducted by AC Nielsen, this survey remains among the largest researches of its kind in India, with a design sample of 7200 – distributed across socio economic classifications, age, income and geography.

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We are proud to be ranked as the 4th most trusted consumer durable brand by Economic Times, Read More at: 

USHA JANOME RUFFLER

USHA JANOME RUFFLER

Ruffles have been around for a long time, from adorning dresses on the Shakespearean stage, where people said crazy things like “Blow, blow, thou winter wind! Thou art not so unkind” to Charlie Thereon sporting them recently on the Red Carpet. And it is probably safe to say that they will be around even after hell freezes over.

The only difference between Victorian and today’s Ruffles, is that it is so very easy to make them today by using the Ruffler attachment with your Usha Janome Sewing Machine. Do not get intimidated by its look, in fact its innovative design actually helps you to use the ruffle more easily. You can use this attachment to ruffle fabrics or pleat it to a desired fullness quickly and easily. Besides it also allows you to vary the size of the ruffles.

RufflerEven if you have never seen a Ruffler Foot before, follow these simple steps and you will soon be making be making ruffles fit to adorn Queen Victoria’s neck! Let’s begin by understanding the parts that make up this magical device that conjure up such imaginings.

Your Sewing Machine & the Ruffler
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Now that you have a vague idea about its part, let’s attach it to your Usha Janome Sewing Machine. (Never mind if you cannot remember the name of all the parts, even we don’t!)

Attaching Ruffler to the Machine

  1. Thread the machine with polyester thread in needle and bobbin. Cotton thread has a tendency to break easily.
  2. Remove the current pressure foot by pressing the Foot Holder/Release Button.
  3. Raise the Needle Bar to the highest position.
  4. Position the Fork Arm (black curved piece) over the Needle Clamp Screw. Lower the Presser Foot bar and snap in place.

Needle Placement

  1. Lower the needle slowly to make sure that the needle clears the Needle Hole.
  2. If the needle does not clear the Needle Hole, loosen the Needle Hole Position screw to adjust the needle hole position. There are two Needle Hole Positioning screws. Refer to the diagram to move the position hole to the correct location.
  3. The Ruffler is now adapted to your sewing machine. This process only needs to be done onceruffler_2

If you are getting impatient to use your new Ruffler (who wouldn’t), you can jump to the Ruffling Technique section down below. However, we insist you go through the ‘Know Your Ruffler’ section right below, to have a better experience.

Know Your Ruffler

Ratchet Gear Feed Plate or Stitch Control

This is the part of the Ruffler with the numbers 1, 6 and 12. These settings will determine how often the Ruffling Blade (saw tooth edge) will gather or tuck. When set at 1, with eruffler_3ach needle penetration the Ruffling Blade will move creating a tiny gather. When set at 6, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 6 stitches. When set at 12, the Ruffling Blade will move and create a tuck every 12 stitches. When set at the Star, no tucks will be sewn but a straight stitch is obtained

Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw 

The Ratchet Gear Feed Plate and Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw work hand-in-hand to create exactly the type of gathers or tucks desired. The Ruffler Depth Adjust Screw determines the depth of the tuck. When the screw is set at 1 the Ratchet Gear will take a tiny bite of the fabric. The higher the number the larger the bite. If tiny gathers are desired, set the Ratchet Gear at 1 and the Depth Adjust screw between 1 and 4.
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Stitch Length 

Another important element to achieving beautiful ruffles is how long the stitch length is set on the sewing machine. The shorter the stitch length the tighter the ruffles. A stitch length of 5.0 is suggested when the Ratchet Gear Feed Plate is set at 1 and the Ruffling Depth Adjust Screw is at a higher number.

Sewing 

Place the fabric underneath the Ruffling Blade and above the Cloth Guide Plate. As you sew, the Ruffling Blade will move, creating a tuck, according to the adjustments made to the Gear Plate and Ruffling Depth. For best result, sew slowly

Cloth Guides

There are two diffruffler_6erent Cloth Guides on the Ruffler. One located in the front of the Ruffler and the second located on the right side. When the fabric is place in the Cloth Guide in the front a 1/4″ seam allowance is sewn. When placed in the Cloth Guide on the right, a 1″ seam allowance is sewn.

Ribbon Slot
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The Ribbon Slot is located directly in front of the Needle Hole. This slot can be used to guide the ribbon or piping which can be sewn on while making a ruffle. The ribbon will not gather but the fabric it is sewn to will gather.

Ruffling Techniques 

The length of fabric needed to be cut would be determined by the amount of ruffling desired. It is best to always sew a test strip to determine length of fabric required. 1. Cut a strip of cotton fabric at least 18″. For a test strip cut the width at least 2″.
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  1. For a gathered effect set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 1. Set the Ruffling Depth Screw to 1 or less.
  2. Set the stitch length on 2 – 2.5. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. 18″ of fabric should gather down to approximately 9″.
  3. Cut another strip of cotton fabric at least 18″ x 2″. Set the Ratchet Gear Plate on 6 and the Ruffling Depth Screw on 4. Stitch length 2.2. Place the fabric under the Ruffling Blade and sew. The fabric strip gathered down to approximately 12″.
  4. Test sew several lengths of fabric to see exactly what happened each time the Ratchet Gear Plate, Ruffling Depth Screw and stitch length settings are changed.
  5. Make a notebook, writing down the setting used for your samples for future reference.
  6. Once the ruffle is made, attach to the project with a straight stitch, right sides together.

And now you are ready to go. Next time we will teach you how to Ruffle around a Corner for a Pillow. Watch this Space.

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USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015

11049554_10156103683190251_4279534687597190249_nUSHA INTERNATIONAL sponsored ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT 2015’

USHA International, sponsored the ‘USHA Big Fat Goan HAT, the first ever Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Goa. Approved by Goa Tourism, it was a three day tournament slated between November 6th -8th 2015. Tournament started with pool games at Manderem Beach on 6th-7th November and finale was played on 8th November at Miramar beach, Goa.

2Usha Big Fat Goan Hat’15 was a 5 on 5 person game that was played in a beach format with two end zones. There were 100 international and national players and about 7 to 8 under-15 kids were competing in the tournament. Being a HAT tournament, players had registered individually and then grouped into teams. The tournament consisted of 24 teams of 4 to 5 players each. All the competing teams first played 7 Round Robins in pool stages. Further, top 4 teams played in the finals for the winner title of Usha Big Fat Goan HAT 2015.

Usha strongly believes in the brand ethos ‘Play’ and thereby supports and promotes a wide array of sports initiatives across the country which includes the Mawana Marathon, Ultimate Frisbee, Golf (junior and ladies), IPL, cricket for deaf and football.

1Ultimate, a global sport recognized with the international Olympic association, blends perfectly with the Usha brand ethos ‘Play’. Usha has been associated with ultimate for more than four years now.

The new age appliances from the company, like Infiniti Cook Halogen Oven, slow juicers, on the go blenders, air coolers with ionizers and many other appliances also represent Usha’s commitment to promote a fun, active and healthy lifestyle.