How Many Cups of Coffee Is Enough?

September 30, 2015 Jamaal Fitch

A few months ago, we asked you to sit down and tell us all about your coffee addiction. We asked the easy questions, like how you take your java and how many cups you crave a day, and we asked the hard questions, like what tasks eluded you before the first sip hit your lips and whether you’d rather give up LinkedIn before you gave up your latte.

The results are in, and they aren’t surprising—America loves coffee! But what is surprising is just how much people value coffee as a tool to help them get going and stay productive. Of those who responded, more than 57% said they needed at least two cups of coffee to feel productive and alert. Maybe more telling is that 40% can’t check their email before their first cup of coffee.

Our Workplace Index found that regular breaks can prevent worker burnout, and that perks like free coffee and a well-stocked breakroom can attract and retain talent. As businesses seek to get more done and solve the ongoing challenge of employee engagement, it’s important to consider how you’re helping your employees take better breaks that spark collaboration and boost productivity.

So what about the toughest question on the survey? Well, a staggering three-fourths of respondents said they’d rather give up social media forever than give up their beloved coffee forever, firmly cementing coffee’s place as one of the top things fueling office productivity.

Since that choice was only hypothetical (to the relief of coffee-drinkers and Facebook fanatics everywhere), we’ve decided to continue the coffee conversation on Twitter, and we hope you’ll join us. Tomorrow, from 1-2 p.m. EST, we’ll be talking coffee with productivity expert Laura Stack. Come take a “coffee break” with @LauraStack and @StaplesB2B for productivity tips, more stats and insights from our survey, and some great coffee giveaways, as well!



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