The popularity of coffee is increasing daily and it’s become an essential part of today’s society. 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.
Recent figures have suggested that people in the UK currently drink 95 million cups of coffee each day. 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.
You’ve probably noticed a spike in coffee consumption at work too. Office culture has changed significantly over the years and business owners are recognising how coffee breaks really do benefit their operations.
The rise of coffee breaks
The growth in coffee breaks is likely the result of more employees cutting out their designated lunch time. 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.
If workers aren’t taking time away from their tasks, this can lead to reduced productivity. It’s not rocket science to understand that missing a lunch break can have a negative effect on your employee’s delivery.
It’s a business’ duty to begin introducing regular coffee breaks for its staff and acknowledge that less people are taking their lunch breaks. 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.
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.
According to one study, 79% of workers believe that coffee breaks can help boost the team spirit while encouraging greater productivity across the business. 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.
Have you considered implementing a fair trade coffee initiative to help both your employees and developing countries? This could be one way to compensate staff for not taking their lunch breaks.