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How coffee can improve productivity and workplace satisfaction

Next to water, coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world – embraced by cultures worldwide for its stimulant effects and health benefits. In a workplace, it can be an integral part of creating a healthy, productive community. Here’s how.

It makes you smarter

Caffeine is the world’s most popular psychoactive drug, and it’s a powerful stimulant – it blocks the effects of the neurotransmitter Adenosine, which, as an inhibitor, makes reducing neuronal firing its business. By blocking Adenosine, caffeine increases the firing of neurons in the brain – improving mood and reaction time, as well as boosting memory and general cognitive functions.

In the workplace, this translates into improved productivity and performance. In the long term, this also means a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia, keeping you at the top of your mental game for longer.

It makes you more productive

According to a Harris poll, 79 per cent of respondents claimed that access to coffee or tea made them more productive workers, and the same percentage felt more valued by employers when provided with hot beverages in their working environment. More productive workers and more satisfied workers mean a more productive and more satisfying workplace.

It makes you happier and healthier

Coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of depression as well as a host of physical benefits – such as increased alertness and a lowered risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and cirrhosis. With the added benefits of vitamins like B2 and B5 and minerals like potassium, manganese and thiamine, coffee is practically a wonder drink.

It makes you social

Europe’s first coffeehouse was opened in Venice in 1683, and their popularity soared as caffeine outposts popped up in the rest of continental Europe and crossed the channel into the UK. Coffeehouses are to this day seen as places for social gatherings and unofficial meetings.

Having a mini-coffee shop in a workplace brings colleagues together. Rather than going next door to stand in line at the chain store, you can get your morning boost or afternoon pick-me-up without having to leave the office.

This doesn’t have to be a station for instant coffee or a cheap coffee machine – modern drink makers like the Tassimo coffee machine adapt to different types of drinks and brands so you can choose a classy espresso, a comforting hot chocolate or tranquil tea – bringing together coffee drinkers and tea lovers alike.

It helps creativity

Historically, coffeehouses have been the hotbeds of political debate and revolutionary discussions. Many a brilliant idea is suggested over “a cup of coffee” – introducing an in-house coffee shop to a workplace may have similar boosts for brainstorming among a team.

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