Power of Coffee– Vital for Productive and Creative Workplace: Incredible Benefits; Moral, Motivate, Energize…

Coffee is vital for a more productive and creative workplace… it’s an integral part of modern workplace culture– phrase like; ‘let’s have a cup of coffee’ has come to mean ‘let’s have a conversation’… coffee ‘breaks’ offer moment of ‘downtime’ which helps to bring colleagues together and provide crucial coping mechanism for dealing with workplace stress…

Nearly half U.S. workforce, 46%, say– they are less productive when they go without coffee… Research by MIT supports the notion that coffee helps people be more creative… sitting together with colleagues over coffee can break-down social and professional barriers leading to more casual free-wheeling conversations, out-of-the-box thinking… Others think it stimulates the brain, blowing out cobwebs, making room for innovative thinking, bolts of inspiration…

coffee thFNLD7O9K

However, coffee is a major source of caffeine and it’s easy to overlook the fact that caffeine is a drug and it can create dependency… But many experts suggest that the benefits of caffeine, used within limits, can out-weigh its dependency…The general picture to emerge is that when caffeine is consumed in moderation it’s less likely to have negative effects… Overall findings suggest that the levels of caffeine in coffee consumed by most people have largely beneficial effects… According to a national survey, three out of five employees feel more motivated to do their best work when provided with perks in the office, such as, free coffee…

Legacy of Coffee: With more than 2.25 billion cups enjoyed worldwide every day, coffee is one of the planet’s most valuable traded commodities, which highlights the significant influence it has over people’s lives… There is litany of interesting research; here’s a quick roundup: According to Harris Poll; among 843 office workers revealed that coffee in the workplace has a variety of surprising social and professional benefits… For many office workers (89%), a cup of coffee can make their entire work day better.

Without their daily cup, coffee drinkers can feel a range of negative emotions– exhausted (36%), irritable (35%), unproductive (30%), disorganized (20%), forgetful (14%)… The majority (85%) also say having coffee with a client or colleague can be a great way to build relationships. And while majority of users (84%) agree that having coffee in the office is an important perk, over half (52%) wish their company would get better quality coffee for the office…

A coffee break can bring people together– 1 in 5 office workers (19%) say colleagues do their best brainstorming or collaborating around the office coffee machine… Additionally, office workers say they like to visit office coffee machine to– catch-up with co-workers (37%); interact with the boss in a more casual way (16%); brainstorm, collaborate with others on a project (13%); spark their own creativity (9%)… 55% of workers in the U.S. admitted to drinking at least one cup during the work day, while 61% of other drinkers help themselves to two or more… Also, 1 in 3 workers say they are less productive if they forego the daily caffeine intake, and 59% of workers would rather have a coffee break than a snack break at work…

coffee1 th

In the article Workplace Culture: The Perks of Coffee Breaks by Zoryana Cherwick writes: Hey, let’s meet for ‘fika‘… That may sound like an exotic destination or event, but fika is actually a Swedish word for coffee break… ‘Fika’ at the office is not about grabbing a coffee and then drinking it at your desk while you work… It’s about sitting down with co-workers and taking a break from what you’re doing so you can socialize, de-stress and seek support, advice… Fika can happen any time of day and is typically observed several times throughout the day, often with something sweet on the side. These breaks are seen as important social events used to help keep-up moral and boost group spirit, so companies prioritize coffee time for employees…

Elsewhere, such as; in UK– ‘elevens‘ is a traditional coffee or tea break taken around 11 a.m.; but coffee breaks in UK are not limited to only late morning… In many circles tea breaks are seen as an integral part of the working day, with some businesses creating central areas where workers from different departments can gather, socialize… Grabbing a cup of coffee or tea allows colleagues to communicate eye-to-eye rather than through email and it gets people out of their desks and moving…

In Japan; tea is the drink of choice with many companies making green tea available to workers during breaks and preparing tea for important visitors… A lot of workplace communication is done through conversations over tea or coffee, rather than formal channels… There are a number of studies supporting the idea that taking regular ‘breaks’ boosts workplace culture and productivity, e.g.:

  • Keep people focused: A study in the journal ‘Cognition‘ found that brief diversions from a task can dramatically improve one’s ability to concentrate…
  • Relieve stress: A study in ‘Symbolic Reaction’ found that having coffee breaks helps coworkers cope with major events, distractions…
  • Boost productivity: MIT studied call center workers and found that workers who took coffee breaks, talked to co-workers felt less stress and were more productive…
  • Recharge your energy: The ‘Energy Project’ found that without downtime, people are less efficient, make more mistakes, and are less engaged…

In the article Pros And Cons Of Coffee by Delialah Falcon writes: Many people express concern about the possible negative side effects of drinking coffee. While current research suggests that there are indeed some negative health effects associated with the popular beverage, coffee drinkers may be surprised to learn that there are actually more health benefits associated with coffee than there are risks. Here is breakdown of pros and cons:

  • Pro– Decreased Risk Of Diabetes: People who drink coffee on a daily basis have a lower chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes than non-drinkers…
  • Pro– Decreased Risk Of Parkinson’s And Alzheimer’s: Current research suggests that there may be an unidentified ingredient found in coffee that, when combined with caffeine, may elevate GCFS levels. These are growth factor levels that may have the ability to ward off the development of Alzheimer’s disease…
  • Pro– Protects Against Heart Disease And Stroke: Some people mistakenly believe that drinking coffee can have a negative effect on the heart. To date, there have been no documented studies that prove this to be the case. In fact, some current research suggests that consuming moderate amount each day may actually improve heart health and protect against heart disease and stroke…
  • Pro– Lowers Cancer Risk: Coffee has been shown to significantly lower the risk of developing certain types of cancer. Men who drink it every day can decrease their risk of developing prostate cancer…
  • Pro– High In Antioxidants: Although caffeine is the main ingredient found in coffee, it’s also full of healthy antioxidants… High levels of antioxidants are associated with a wealth of health benefits ranging from immunity boosting effects to protection from cancer and other serious diseases…
  • Con– Can Raise Cholesterol Levels: One negative aspect of coffee is its linkage to  possible increase in cholesterol levels. Increased risk is only present in unfiltered coffee such as espresso and lattes…
  • Con– Can Lead To Weight Gain: People attempting to lose weight or maintain current weight may be discouraged to learn that drinking coffee may cause increased weight gain. However, it’s not the coffee itself, but the condiments that people add to coffee that have the unwanted effects. ..
  • Con– It’s Addictive Stimulant: Caffeine is in coffee and it’s highly addictive, and for some people who consume just one cup per day can go through severe withdrawals symptoms if they eliminate the daily cup…
  • Con– Increases Heart Rate, Elevates Blood Pressure: The stimulants in caffeine provide an energy boost and increased alertness, but it can also cause an elevated heart rate and temporary rise in blood pressure…
  • Con– Causes Sleep Disturbances: Sleep disturbances are common in many people who consume coffee…
  • Con– Can Stain Teeth: One thing is certain, if you drink coffee teeth will eventually become stained…

Bottom Line: Although the health risks of drinking coffee can be significant, the risks only appear to increase as the level of consumption increases… As with most things in life, it appears that moderation is the key– if you want to capitalize on health benefits of coffee.

Coffee in the workplace is an interesting conundrum… According to Reed Parker; in an office environment, the coffee pot is the supreme gathering place… Especially in the morning, everyone gravitates toward it so they can make the same sad jokes about not having had their coffee yet… Coffee in the workplace is an easy common ground for employees… But are all of its benefits really helping employee performance? Although there is no definitive proof– results from many surveys suggest nothing but good things, e.g.; 89% of office workers said that– good cup of coffee can make the entire workday better, and without it they feel– irritable, unproductive, disorganized, forgetful…

coffee imagesZN5N84HY

Hence the message is simple– when management provides coffee in the workplace, particularly when it’s– quality, gourmet, and free– it shows that management cares about employees being happy; a happy business is a fast growing business

Employers take note; by all means spend money on– nice furniture, top-equipment, work-out room, ping-pong tables… these things are nice-to-have. But, the best-loved workplace benefit and surely the most cost-effective is– coffee, especially when it’s free. So, fire-up the espresso machine, get out the grinder, go find the filters… it’s time for a fresh cup of coffee!