Over the last hundred years, coffee has slowly but surely cemented itself as the de-facto drink of the workplace – and for good reason. Today we take a short look at why coffee is so awesome and why every employee should be drinking more of it on a regular basis!
Good for Focus
Let’s start with the obvious: coffee keeps you alert and focused when you have to be. Caffeine is a natural stimulant and directly affects your central nervous system, increasing blood flow which instantly improves focus. Even if you didn’t have a good night’s sleep, a quick cup of high-quality, certified organic coffee can take that away in an instant. Any coffee drinker out there knows that the stack of documents they find on their desk in the morning is far less intimidating when you have a cup of joe nearby to ease you into it.
A coffee break is a great excuse to socialize with your co-workers, and that can go a long way both in terms of morale as well as networking – and this is extremely important in the modern workplace. The more you socialize at work, the better the chances are that you’ll get chosen for a project that might be your ticket up – and if you’re looking for a way to break the ice, having a cup with your co-workers is one of the most effective ways to do so, because who doesn’t like drinking coffee, right?
Breaks and Productivity
To add to the previous point, breaks do much more than improving morale and help you socialize with your co-workers – they also improve productivity by a long shot. In fact, a study at MIT has shown that employees that take regular coffee breaks together demonstrated an increase in productivity when compared to those who prefer to skip their coffee break altogether. So even if your main instinct is that you’ve got too much to do and that you simply can’t afford a break, it might be good to go against that instinct, grab a cup of coffee and stretch out your legs with your coworkers. Chances are that when you come back, you’ll be much less fatigued and prepared to tackle your workload like a champ!
Although coffee intake has been tied to higher stress and irritability in certain studies, this doesn’t have to be the case unless you’re overusing. A study done by the Seoul National University has shown that sleep-deprived rats exposed to coffee aromas experienced reduced stress. In other words, yes – just smelling coffee apparently has the capacity to make you calmer.
As you can see, if you like being a productive, social individual that gets things done, coffee is an ally that you should always strive to keep by your side. As long as you don’t overdo it, a nice cup of joe can not only help you get through the workday but improve your overall experience at work as well.