A Cup in Hand: Why Coffee Breaks are a Workplace Standard

coffeeCoffee breaks are sometimes regarded as a waste of time. Some argue that instead of working, the short break only encourages employees to chitchat and waste time during office hours when they are paid to work. Some of the more uptight bosses think that coffee breaks are unproductive and only lead to lost profits.

When you really think about it, though, taking a break makes employees more productive as uninterrupted focus on a repetitive task can cause stagnancy. Short breaks reenergise the mind and body, enabling employees to work more.

Opens Up Communication

Coffee breaks are as important as having lunch breaks because it has become a workplace standard. According to 7 Grams Coffee, ‘staff get together to discuss matters of urgency, issues they need advice about, problems they are having’ during coffee breaks. Without such time integrated into the daily routine, employees don’t really get the opportunity to communicate and engage with each other.

Studies show that employees perform better after taking a coffee break compared to those who don’t. It creates a social linkage between employees, opening the doors for possible friendships outside the office setting. By doing so, they are able to develop multiple opportunities for improvement and networking as well.

Increases Efficiency

Staying seated for 3 or more consecutive hours is unhealthy for the body. Caffeine (in moderation), however, helps ease aches in the neck and shoulders. This is important, seeing as these are the most common points of soreness for those who work in front of computers all day such as programmers and writers.

Researchers found that drinking coffee is like taking a power nap. It can help reduce road accidents and medical errors as it keeps the body alert and invigorated. Night-shift workers find coffee breaks essential to work since it counters sleepiness.

Don’t rely solely on caffeine to get you going for a day of hard work. Coffee is a vital part of staying functional, yet it is just a factor of productivity as the best way to achieve full potential is with perseverance.

About the Author

As a New York-based psychologist. Thelma Scott has conducted several seminars tackling adult autism.