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.

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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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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.

USHA Rural Business Division Wins RMAI Flame 2014 – Gold Award

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Usha bagged the Gold award at the RMAI Flame Awards held in the capital at Taj Vivanta on Friday, 20th March 2015. The ‘Rural Marketing Association of India’ hosts the Flame awards to commensurate Companies who have been doing exemplary work in the ‘rural’ geographies in India. Usha won the Gold for “Last mile distribution / channel development initiative of the year” category in this year’s Flame awards. This award is in recognition of the company’s rural marketing initiative to extend their footprint into small towns and villages through “Project Sampark” or the ‘Rural Business Division’ as we know it.

For the successful rollout of this distribution network and extraordinary contribution to the rural marketing industry, Usha also received the “Leadership award” presented to the CEO, Dinesh Chhabra. RMAI had instituted the Flame Leadership Award 2014, this year, to recognize and felicitate eight industry professionals for their extraordinary contribution to the Rural Marketing Industry.

RMAI is a national industry body, and a leading association in India which aims to promote, improve, develop and further the cause of rural marketing in India. Since its inception, RMAI has been helping rural marketers through various initiatives to build better understanding & facilitate the knowledge sharing among various stakeholders. The jury consists of Industry stalwarts in rural marketing such as : Mr. S Sivakumar, CEO ITC Ltd (ABD), Mr. Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder of Ping Digital Broadcast and ex-Founder-Editor in Chief of Bloomberg TV India, Mr. Harish Bijoor, CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc., Mr. Punit Chadha, GM- Rural Marketing at Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Mr. Mithileshwar Jha Prof. Marketing at IIM Bangalore, to name a few. With EY being the official tabulators, the jury had to make their decision from among 5 nominations in this category out of which Usha was awarded the highest honor.

Usha Sewing Machines weave magic on Delhi streets

Source: St +art, India

Source: St +art, India

Usha Sewing Machines weave magic on the streets of Delhi with 90 kms of fabric! With the help of a very creative crochet artist from Poland and St+art India, Usha Sewing Machines literally painted the town Red in this inspiring project.

60 people, 3 weeks, 40X20X8 feet installation and around 90 kms of fabric! One of our biggest street art projects, in collaboration with the Delhi Urban ShelterImprovement Board, is now complete! Olek, the world famous crochet installation artist from Poland, covered an entire family night shelter with a beautiful crochet installation.

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Source: Polish Institute New Delhi

Spot this incredible beauty here: Before the Sarai Kale Khan Fly over, on the left side, behind this bus stop, after crossing Bara Pulla.

The mammoth project was supported by  Polish Institute New Delhi , Allkraftz & USHA International for supporting this mammoth project. Other fashion designers associated with it were Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Arora .

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Source: Polish Institute New Delhi

Usha Sponsors the Bansdroni Nabarun Club Football Tournament

Usha Sponsors the Bansdroni Nabarun Club Football Tournament in Kolkata as an initiative to promote grass-root level talent in the country

DSC_0272Usha has been actively involved in uplifting grass root level talent in India. While, Usha has strategically partnered with the FC Goa team of Indian Super League 2014, the company is also sponsoring local football clubs. On December 13- 2014, the final match of Bansdroni Nabarun Club Football Tournament was played at the Usha’s factory ground in Kolkata. Although it was a DSC_0157grass root level tournament, yet it saw participation of 16 teams from the city and all players were decked up in their respective team jerseys.

There was a lot of zeal and enthusiasm on the ground, packed with audience from different age groups. Every goal would generate high decibel sound and impromptu dance and rolling over ground to display mad happiness. Finally Sardar Para Sanghatan Samity team emerged as winners. Eminent dancer Tanushree Shankar’s group, performed on the occasion as a part of the inaugural ceremony.Mr. John of Winning Team receiving the Highest Goal Scorer Prize from Mr. Rajesh Tara, VP-HR

Mr. Sukumar Samajpati, renowned former footballer handed over the winner’s trophy along with Mr. Rajesh Tara, VP-HR, Usha International and Mr. Sandeep Mehrotra, AVP and Unit Head, Usha Kolkata Factory.  Other eminent personalities namely, Mr. Gopal Roy, Councillor and Mr. Alvito D’Cunha, renowned footballer currently with East Bengal team and former member of Indian team also marked their presence at the prize distribution ceremony.

Usha Silai Schools: Creating Opportunities in North East India

1NagalandBackground and Context: UIL has been successfully running the Silai School program in Nagaland since the year 2013. This case study is an attempt to record how the 10 Women Entrepreneurs from the 10 Silai Schools in Dimapur have successfully joined hands to start a Showroom Cum Sales Centre by mobilising support from the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board in Dimapur.

Presently, UIL is running 20 Silai Schools in the state. All the Silai Schools are in the districts of Kohima and Dimapur

The state is inhabited by 16 major tribes and a large number of smaller tribes. Each tribe is unique in character with its own distinct customs, language and dress

2nagaland(II) Main trends of Silai Schools in Nagaland

  1. Silai Schools have helped the economies of these 20 Silai School women entrepreneurs
  2. A positive enthusiasm is visible in the communities where the Silai Schools are operational
  3. Even the local district administration is aware and positive about the Silai Schools

Dimapur, which is the main commercial centre of Nagaland has 10 Silai Schools in the neighbouring villages (the other 10 being Kohima). For the State of Nagaland, MSS had conducted the Silai School training through the Training of Trainers (TOT) model, where 2 master trainers from the state were trained by UIL in Guwahati for a period of 7 days. One of the Master Trainers from Nagaland was an enthusiastic lady named Ms Thine Sekhose.

Thine, very successfully trained 10 women in Nagaland after having motivated them to start Silai Schools in the villages. In addition to being the Master Trainer, coach and mentor for these 10 village women, Thine is also the program coordinator for the local NGO called EDITI, which is monitoring the Silai Schools on a regular basis.

4nagaland(III) Spin-off effects of Silai Schools in Dimapur

One of the main problems that the Silai School teachers face is that once the number of learners have stabilised or if the teachers have completed the target of teaching 20 learners, they are enthused to do “something else” or “something big”. In Dimapur, the teachers wanted to sell their finished products and wanted to make a successful business out of it. However, since the Silai Schools are located in remote villages, not many people used to know or buy the finished products. Hence the number of customers was limited.

Gradually, the teachers, under the leadership of Thine Sekhose, planned to walk an extra mile to augment their income. They approached the Nagaland Social Welfare Department and appraised them about the Silai Schools and requested them for assistance to start a Showroom and Sales Centre in Dimapur. The Silai School teachers, planned that all the quality finished products that they create in the Silai Schools would be displayed and sold from the Showroom.

Happily, for the 10 women and Thine, the Nagaland Social Welfare Department  approved the proposal and agreed to support them by paying the monthly rent of about Rs 6000/- . Moreover they agreed to support the furniture and fixtures for the Showroom and a computer for their day to day work.

Therefore, the Showroom and Sales Centre, named as “Emergence” by Thine and her band of 10 Silai School Teachers came into operation on September 2014 at PWD Road, Midland, Dimapur.

6nagaland(IV) The Business Model of the Showroom and Sales Centre:

  1. The 10 Silai School women contribute to the centre, whatever products they make in the Silai Schools in the villages
  2. The finished products range from skirt-tops, soft toys, mobile pouches.
  3. The Silai School teachers have to contribute 5-10% of the profit for the maintenance and management of the centre
  4. Ms Thine has also started training centre on Sewing and dress making, soft-toy making and artificial flower-making centre. Traditional Bridal dress for wedding is also an especial item.
  5. Many people visiting Dimapur request for customised items and these orders are then completed at the Silai Schools by the teachers.
  6. The Centre has been named as “Emergence” by Thine and her band of 10 Silai School Teachers.
  7. This  EMERGENCE is evolving as a backward linkages initiative for the Silai School Products

The program has just started two months. There is an enthusiasm amongst Thine and her team. So far the response from buyers have been positive. Silai Schools are paving way for many opportunities for rural women.