You probably know that drinking coffee helps you stay focused, but did you know that it also has many other benefits?
As an employer, you can create a much more productive, efficient and happy work environment simply by providing coffee machines for your workers. This simple act will unlock a raft of benefits for your work environment.
Better Office Culture is Forged Over a Hot Cup of Coffee
Some companies provide an office coffee or break area where employees can talk about work and share ideas. Instead of sitting at their desks all day, the coffee space gives them a place to be creative by hearing outside opinions on how they’re doing. A study showed that these breaks led to more cohesion among coworkers and a larger sense of culture in the workplace.
Providing Coffee Will Lift Office Productivity and Morale
Coffee, morale and productivity go hand in hand. Providing a simple coffee machine at work an easy way to make your employees feel appreciated. This has been proven in research, with a McKinsey & Company study showing that 61 per cent of staff think that their employer cares about their wellbeing if they provide hot beverages.
On top of that, 85 per cent of employees feel that coffee lifts their overall productivity and morale. And another study conducted by Staples in 2014 showed that 82 per cent of workers say that coffee puts them in a better mood at work.
Coffee Has Been Shown to Improve Memory Function
Coffee can help with memory function, alertness and absorption of new information. Studies have shown that two cups of coffee a day helps people identify information better, so you will have better memory function and absorb new information faster with caffeine in your system.
Another study showed there is a defined linked between caffeine consumption and decreasing forgetfulness over 24 hours. In this study, people who had caffeine after studying remembered more information than those who didn’t.
It Creates an Ethical Workforce
There are many reasons why an employee could be suffering from sleep deprivation. They could be working long hours, have a young family keeping them up at night, or stress could be stopping them from getting a decent night’s rest. This can lead to them making questionable decisions. For example, a study shows that employees who received less than six hours of sleep a night were more likely to engage in negative or unethical behaviour at work.
While addressing the cause of sleep deprivation is essential, another study determined that coffee is likely to ward off this negative behaviour, creating a more ethical workforce all around.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
An engaged and productive workforce requires collaboration and teamwork – and coffee is the glue that can bind your employees. Around 40 per cent of employees said they have more constructive conversations with their peers over a cuppa, which paves the way for sharing ideas and opinions that can benefit the overall work environment.
Coffee Has a Range of Health Benefits
Well-being is a modern buzzword in the workplace. Employers are encouraged to provide healthy options to their staff like access to gyms and sporting teams, healthy food options and other activities like yoga and meditation. A coffee machine should also be included in this plan because coffee has plenty of health benefits, including:
- Assisting in burning fat and losing weight
- Reduces the risk of stroke
- Can ward off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Improves energy levels
- An improved ability to process glucose (so you are less likely to get type 2 diabetes)
- Coffee drinkers are less likely to die from coronary heart disease or kidney disease
- Coffee helps protect the liver
- You reduce the risk of colon cancer
Everything in moderation, though. These health benefits only apply if workers are having a couple of mugs a day, not 14.