Coffee breaks really can raise worktime productivity

5th November 2020

Improve focus and productivity in the workplace by enjoying a morning coffee - even better if you can take a short break and join a break out zoom meeting for 15 minutes every day.

Everyone knows that coffee is great for waking us up in the morning. But it can do so much more than that!
Coffee can improve focus and increase productivity, making it the ultimate drink when it comes to the workplace (also known as your home during lockdown). In the UK alone, over 95 million cups of coffee are drunk every day.

Caffeine tricks the brain

The reason why coffee improves productivity and alertness is all down to brain chemistry. The caffeine latches onto a neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine receptors. So it’s not actually the coffee that wakes us up…. its job is to block the adenosine compounds, so the brain is tricked into thinking that it is not sleepy! Caffeine also boosts our brain’s energy levels so more energy means enhanced memory, better concentration, and an increase in cognitive function.

Caffeine makes us happy

Coffee also helps with mood. Moderate amounts of caffeine (around one cup of coffee every four hours) can stimulate the central nervous system and boost the production of dopamine and serotonin, both known to be mood-elevators. Caffeine also helps reduce anxiety and even the aroma from a freshly brewed coffee has been proven to produce proteins in the blood that have antioxidant properties that calm us down.

We can drink up to six cups per day

One cup of good quality coffee contains significant levels of B vitamins, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and niacin. These all play a role in general health and wellbeing. Healthy employees are more likely to be productive and deliver quality work. Did you know that the human body absorbs more antioxidants from coffee than regular fruits and vegetables, so go ahead and enjoy that shot of espresso!.

It’s important to take a break when working from home

So, after all this coffee-related science, it’s clear that coffee can make us all feel happier and be more productive. Now that many of us are working from home, taking a break to brew and enjoy a coffee is more important than ever before. A survey by Epson found that over half (58%) of home-workers find their workplace lonely. Setting up a coffee break on Zoom with colleagues can help reduce loneliness and improve creativity so encourage team leaders to get staff together on a regular basis for a coffee and catch up to help boost morale and increase team productivity.

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