We drink it in the morning to wake us up, we want it when we need to take a break, we love it because it helps us concentrate. But there’s another reason why we should be coffee “addicts”: drinking coffee with our colleagues improves teamwork and increases job performance.
Tell your boss and your colleagues at work! A coffee break with work colleagues helps you take more care over everyday activities and strengthens good feeling between members of a team. We all know about the properties of coffee but now the benefits of drinking it with regards to our work relationships have been confirmed by a research study carried out by the University of California and Ohio State University, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology.
Coffee and its role in work colleagues’ relationships: the study
How did researchers from these two American institutes reach these conclusions on drinking coffee with work colleagues and, in particular, on the positive role the drink plays? Researchers carried out two separate experiments.
In the first experiment, 72 university students were asked not to drink any coffee before starting the experiment. However, half of them were then asked to take part in a coffee tasting test and so the members of this group did actually drink a cup of coffee. The other half took part in the coffee tasting only after the experiment.
In the second experiment, 61 students were asked to drink a cup of coffee. Half of this group drank normal coffee whilst the other half drank decaffeinated coffee.
During both experiments the students were assigned a particularly delicate and complex issue to discuss: social and economic inequality. At the end of the 15-minute discussion the students were asked to evaluate themselves and the others in their group.
The results of the two experiments
The results from the first experiment showed that the students who drank coffee beforehand gave themselves and their other group members higher scores than the members of the group who drank coffee after taking part in the experiment.
The “benefits” of caffeine at improving relations between colleagues were even more obvious after the second experiment. The students who drank normal coffee rated themselves and their other group members as more alert and concentrated than the other group who had drunk decaffeinated coffee. They were also more willing to discuss the issue further.
Benefits of drinking coffee with colleagues
It not only improves teamwork. There are various advantages linked to the act of sharing a coffee break with colleagues:
- Aids socialisation.
- Helps new arrivals to integrate in the work environment.
- Has health benefits.
- Promotes relaxation and improves concentration.
- Eases tension.
- Improves work organisation.
In short, drinking a moderate amount of caffeinated coffee is perfect for improving job performance. And if it involves drinking a delicious coffee, even better. Try coffee pods that taste as good as coffee from the bar or if you prefer, Nespresso-compatible capsules, which are more delicious than ever.