The Importance of Coffee Breaks
18th November 2017
Today’s modern work environment can be stressful for the best of us. Studies show that stress can be reduced by taking regular coffee breaks.
Sitting for hours in front of a computer screen or performing other types of work can cause fatigue. Having a break to stretch your legs and enjoy a cup of coffee will help combat that. As well as having a break, the stimulating effects of coffee can keep employees alert and help to avoid mistakes and accidents.
“Katharine Ker of the London School of Tropical Medicine in London, the lead researcher, said: “The results of the trials suggest that compared to no intervention, caffeine can reduce the number of errors and improve cognitive performance in shift workers.
“It seems reasonable to assume that reduced errors are associated with fewer injuries’ – www.telegraph.co.uk
Reduced fatigue will in turn lead to increased productivity. A fresh head will also make your employees more creative. “Bank of America changed coffee breaks to allow for more interactions, and within a few months reported productivity gains of about $15 million a year.” – halogensoftware.com
Developing social connections
Coffee breaks help to build relationships among employees. Employees that have friendships at work are likely to be happier and therefore less likely to leave. “Dr. Pernille Stroebaek is confident that coffee breaks should not be considered as a ‘waste’ of productivity: “Coffee breaks should be treated as communal practices that allow communities … to develop.” – europe-institute.com
Coffee breaks are important for many reasons. Installing one of our bean to cup coffee machines will encourage your employees to take regular breaks, stretch their legs and enjoy the reward of a great tasting cup of coffee.