Coffee: it’s a bit like Marmite in that you either love it or hate it.
Maybe you once couldn’t stand the stuff but, since being at work, you’ve suddenly acquired a taste for a steaming cup of Joe. During busy periods, coffee has probably even played a key role in helping you to reach those pesky deadlines.
But could coffee be even more vital to the office than helping staff to function first thing on a Monday morning?
It’s no secret that businesses can boost workplace engagement by making employees feel valued and providing office perks. But these company benefits don’t have to break the bank. In fact, Business Matters reports that stocking the kitchen cupboards with high quality coffee could do the trick.
According to the research, 75% of workers across the UK and Ireland believe that having high quality coffee available in the office shows that their employer cares about their wellbeing. Meanwhile, nearly three quarters would recommend their office as a good place to work based on their access to high quality coffee.
And a staggering nine in 10 workers say high quality coffee has made them more engaged at work.
But coffee seems to have a wider impact on the company beyond just helping individual employees. It seems pausing for a coffee break can help create greater collaboration between teams. The survey found that 81% of respondents feel coffee breaks result in stronger relationships with their colleagues, and nearly three quarters (72%) said they helped form stronger bonds with their managers.
Coffee breaks also provide staff with a chance to get some time away from their desks and clear their head. It’s little wonder, then, that they are also associated with reducing stress. In companies with more than 20 employees, over four in five reported coffee breaks help relieve stress. This number was even higher in the financial and creative industries. Given the growing issue of workplace-related stress, this is highly significant.
Speaking to Business Matters, UK and Ireland managing director of Nespresso, Francisco Nogueira, commented:
“With 88% of employees in the UK and Ireland saying soft perks are crucial in retaining good staff, we know those little extras can make a significant impact on the way employees feel and act at work. The reason soft perks matter is simple: because our employees matter.
It is the responsibility of employers to ensure these modest demands are met”
It’s clear that employees not only value high quality coffee, but there are benefits to be gained from providing staff with a place to socialise over their hot drink.