The 5 Facts You Need To Know About Drinking Coffee At Work
Employees spend an estimated average of $1,092 a year on coffee. It’s easy to point to the need to “wake up” in order to work well, but there is far more to how coffee impacts an employee than the benefit of “waking up.”
Would an office without coffee be a far less productive workplace? Are there benefits beyond productivity that a coffee service would provide?
Here are the five key facts you need to know about how coffee impacts your workplace.
1) Enhance Your Powers Of Perception.
Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine have recently proved that people are more alert after drinking a cup of coffee. More specifically, the caffeine improves your ability to form concepts and reason, it enhances your orientation and perception, and of course, empowers you with heightened attention.
However, subjects in the study made no improvement in their verbal functioning and language schools. Perhaps coffee drinks inherently have no issues ordering their “grande, quad, nonfat, one-pump, no-whip mochas.”
2) A Company With Greater Morality
According to researchers at the University of North Carolina, people who are sleep deprived are more susceptible to social influences, such as pressure from a boss to cross ethical lines. Caffeine can serve to give you backbone, “strengthening your self-control and willpower when you’re exhausted,” according to co-author Michael Christian.
3) Drink Your Coffee At The Right Time Of Day
Do you having a cup within minutes of rolling out of bed? Turns out, you’re making a mistake. If you have your daily schedule is like most, your body will experience a spike in cortisol between 8am and 9am, 12pm and 1pm, and 5:30pm and 6:30pm. A spike in cortisol helps your body metabolize and use sugar and fat for energy. When your consume caffeine, it reduces your body’s production of cortisol, you become more dependent on caffeine to maintain your energy levels.
If you adjust the times you drink coffee to between 9:30 am and 11:30am and 1:30pm to 3:30pm (if you need an afternoon energy boost), you will take advantage of your body’s natural energy production and use caffeine more efficiently.
Adjust these timeframes to fit your own sleeping patterns by simply waiting an hour after you wake up to have your first cup of coffee.
4) Take Coffee Breaks To The Next Level
Caffeine itself helps increase productivity, but there’s a way to make even more out of the simple act of drinking coffee. A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers found that communal coffee breaks can increase productivity even further.
The “strength of an individual’s social group was positively related to productivity,” according to the study. Giving employees breaks at the same time helped to increase the strength of an individual’s social groups. Another study – conducted by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., of Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business – found that workers improved their job satisfaction when they took breaks from working to do something they enjoy, such as drinking coffee.
5) Don’t Drink Coffee When You’re Stressed
If a bad day at work is pushing you over the edge – whether mentally or emotionally – you won’t do yourself any favors drinking coffee, even if it’s something you typically enjoy. A study conducted by the Duke University Medical Center makes it clear that caffeine can elevate your blood pressure and adrenaline levels.
With more knowledge regarding the effects of caffeine at the office, you can now make the most of the advantages coffee has to offer.