Before lockdown, we saw more and more office managers wanting to improve their employee’s working environment through the introduction of an office coffee machine. Equally, as we exit out of lockdown, office managers may be looking for ways to improve staff happiness and ensure they continue to receive the same comforts that they had at home.
However, with a coffee machine being such a large investment, you’ll want to make sure it’s worth it.
Carry on reading to discover the benefits associated with having an office coffee machine and why you should think about installing a coffee machine in your workplace post-covid.
Increases energy levels
For the majority of us, especially those that have worked at home during the lockdown period, a cup of coffee is likely the first thing we reach out for every morning. It brings us out of that hazy morning slumber and energises us, ready to take on the day.
Containing caffeine, coffee is a mild stimulant and speeds up the processes between our brain and body. In acceptable doses, and as part of a balanced diet, it makes us feel awake and more alert.
As a stimulant, coffee keeps employees awake and more alert throughout their working day, improving productivity in the workplace. However, keeping your employees focused on their work throughout the day isn’t the only way coffee consumption increases productivity.
It’s been proven that regular breaks from the computer screen can vastly improve employee productivity, allowing them time to stretch their legs, get their blood flowing, and re-charge.
When consuming coffee, you stimulate your brain and become more alert. This often works in the favour of stimulating creative ideas and thoughts. Whether working independently or as part of a larger group, coffee is good for engaging the mind and thinking outside of the box.
Additionally, coffee consumption may postpost the ‘burn out’ stage of creative brainstorming, allowing for a greater number of solutions to be created and discussed.
Coffee consumption has been linked with an improvement in both short-term and long-term memory, in specific tasks linked to recall. The findings found that the perceived improvement in memory performance was greater in the mornings than in the evenings.
With a sharper memory, employees can recall project details and deadlines better, allowing for the efficient solution and completion of tasks.
It can save time
Through investment in a quality, office coffee machine, no longer will your employees feel the need to leave the office to order coffee from the cafe around the corner. With bean-to-cup and instant coffee machines able to produce a hot drink in under a minute, previously lost time is quickly accrued in added productivity.
Coffee can reduce stress
Proponents of coffee have long been singing the prayers of coffee as a stress reliever. Now, research has found that caffeine consumption can be linked to a reduction in stress.
Caffeine is said to reduce stress through inhibiting receptors in the brain that release a chemical known as adenosine. Researchers found that these receptors are responsible for the negative effects of stress and that stress-induced behaviour can be stopped by blocking the receptors.
It provides a pleasant working environment
Having a high-quality instant or bean-to-cup coffee machine at work can help to create a positive workplace environment. Your employees will have higher energy levels, be more cheerful, and be more confident conversing with other members of their team and the wider business. Regular coffee breaks can bring together employees who normally wouldn’t have a point of contact with one another, which can promote cohesion and lead to bonding within the workplace. These interactions can also form the basis for future cross-department collaborations that can generate your business profit.
If you were in the position of deciding whether an office coffee machine was a worthy investment for your office, we hope this blog has helped.
Overall, an office coffee machine can enhance productivity, reduce stress and improve department creativity and collaboration, creating a positive workplace environment for your staff members. Something that will be valued greatly post-covid.