Coffee Collaboration: The Important Role of Coffee in Office Culture

Coffee is an important part of life for the majority of us. In fact, it is one of the most popular drinks on the planet, with over a whopping 2 billion cups being consumed daily. Many of us need a cup of joe to start our mornings right and to give us the boost of energy that we need to conquer the day. If you’re a real caffeine lover, chances are you also treat yourself to an afternoon pick me up in the form of a cappuccino or latte. 

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With this in mind, it only makes sense that more and more employers in 2020 are looking to implement their own coffee culture into the workplace by either purchasing or opting for an office coffee machine rental. Today, we have a look at the important role of coffee in office culture and the many positive effects it can have on your employees. Read on to find out more!

1. A Boost of Happiness

It’s no secret that a happy employee is a productive employee. Once upon a time, workplace coffee often came with a bad reputation — cue unpleasant memories of low-quality instant coffee powder and powdered creamers. Thankfully, as times have changed, we now see more and more employers making the effort to provide a professional coffee machine in the refreshment area of the office. Did you know that a humble cup of decent coffee can actually help to contribute to overall happiness in the workplace? 

A survey looking at happiness levels amongst employees found that a quality brew in the workplace was one of the most important things that contributed to a boost in morale to over 40% of its participants. In a nutshell, offering some damn good coffee to your employees is a surefire way of ensuring they keep a pep in their step and remain happy, motivated and fueled to do their very best. 

2. Social Opportunity

Without an office coffee culture or machine, chances are that most of your employees will head out to a local coffee joint during their break times. What if you could find a way for your staff and team members to spend their coffee breaks together instead of dispersing out to various coffee shops around the neighbourhood? Well, the answer is simple: get a really good coffee machine, create a positive coffee culture in your workplace and you’ll find that your employees are given opportunities to socialise with one another outside of clocked hours. This enables them to get to know each other on a deeper level, thus improving teamwork skills, motivation and general good rapport amongst colleagues. 

3. Spark Imagination and Creativity

Let’s be honest — sitting in front of a computer for hours can often lead to a bit of a block in creativity for most of us. By giving your employees something to do away from their desk for a short period of time each day, you are also offering them a few minutes to clear their head and enter a new frame of mind. This can lead to employees regaining their spark in creativity and imagination and may even lead to some potentially revolutionary ideas or concepts that you can implement in your business. Never underestimate the power of a coffee break! 

4. Coffee as Liquid Motivation

If liquid motivation exists, it surely comes in the form of a cup of great coffee. If you want to keep your employees alert, awake and motivated throughout the day, introducing an office coffee machine is definitely the way to go. It is no secret that caffeine is something that many of us rely on to get through a stressful or hectic day, so offering it in the comfort of your own workplace is certainly the way to go! 

5. It Makes Meetings a Little More Fun

Meetings are part and parcel of working in an office, so why not make them a little more fun by allowing everyone to brew their perfect cup before sitting down and getting on with the day’s agenda. Imagine how great it would be if every team member had the chance to make their perfect latte, cappuccino, flat white or long black prior to an important meeting. At the same time, you can be sure that everyone in the meeting is wide awake, alert and ready to conquer anything that is thrown at them. 

6. Employees Feel Valued

Did you know that offering small perks within the office goes a long way in making your employees feel seen, heard and valued? Aside from a breakfast bar, massage chairs and monthly dinners, good quality coffee is also one such perk. In fact, a survey conducted in 2017 found that 37% of employees would prefer free, high-quality coffee on a daily basis over an annual office gathering or party. Yup, that’s how important a decent cup of coffee is to most human beings!

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Coffee is an integral part of how the majority of us live our lives. As a result, it only makes sense that coffee culture is integrated into our offices and workspaces. We hope that this article has shone the light on just a few of the many benefits that coffee culture can bring to the (office) table.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.