Although we’re a nation known for drinking tea, its consumption has in fact dropped by 19% since 2010, perhaps connected to an increased coffee intake.
According to figures released by the British Coffee Association, Brits currently drink 95 million cups of coffee a day which has amplified by 25 million over the last decade. However, this is not a surprise as it has been estimated that there are 25,120 coffee shops already established here in the UK — which is set to increase by 50% by 2022 - highlighting the craze for coffee.
But coffee consumption doesn’t just stop when we’re out and about or in the comfort of our own home; our workspaces are turning into a coffee haven too. Office culture has changed significantly over the years and business owners are recognising how coffee breaks really do benefit their operations.
The Evolution of Coffee Breaks
Has the popularity of coffee and coffee breaks stemmed from some employers’ attitudes to lunch breaks in the workplace? While some workplaces do have nice communal areas, one survey questioning 7,135 employees in the UK found that 68% of workers are no longer taking their scheduled lunch time and are instead choosing to stay at their desks to complete work.
It’s not rocket science to understand that missing a lunch break can have a negative effect on your employee’s delivery. If workers aren’t taking time away from their tasks, this can lead to reduced productivity.
As a result of people taking less time for their lunch breaks (or no time at all), businesses must begin encouraging regular breaks across the day to ensure profitable delivery across the workforce. This will allow employees to recharge during the day and reduce the impact of any potential stress that they may be experiencing in the workplace.
As more people remove lunch breaks from their day, this also removes their time to socialise with others in the business. By offering structured coffee breaks, you offer staff socially acceptable times between tasks that can help them improve working relationships and learn from their peers. 91% of employees say that these types of opportunities are essential in the workplace. Not only is this beneficial for an employee’s personal development but also reinforce the passion for the brand that they’re working for and to come up with new and improving ideas.
It was discovered that 79% of employees found coffee breaks to be the most resourceful way to boost morality in a team while improving efficiency and removing any conflicts. Fair trade coffee anyone?
Every business worth its salt should care about keeping their staff happy, and believe it or not, coffee can help you achieve this. According to the same survey, 67% of workers said that coffee breaks improved their job satisfaction, which in turn impacts on happiness and wellbeing.
As an impressive 87% of full-time workers drink coffee every day, it’s important for businesses to recognise this as an opportunity to better their workforce and embrace more frequent breaks to compensate for workers who aren’t making use of their designated lunch times.
"Every business worth its salt should care about keeping their staff happy, and believe it or not, coffee can help you achieve this. "
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