There are those who say that getting up from your chair and taking a break from work for a few minutes to have a good cup of coffee can bring something good. For you personally but also for your work.
More specifically, a group of researchers at the
University of Copenhagen, led by Doctor Pernille Strøbaek, has published “Let's Have a Cup of Coffee! Coffee and Coping Communities at Work”, an article that identifies the coffee break as one of the most important factors in the workplace.
The most important aspect of the coffee break, which too often is ignored, is the benefit gained from socialising. Going for a chat with your work colleagues, enjoying a good cup of coffee, encourages the creation of small groups.
It allows existing acquaintances to be deepened,
It allows existing acquaintances to be deepened, but above all also enables new relationships to be forged, creating a calm and relaxed working environment. And this is even more important if you are the “last person in” and feel like a fish out of water.
Because being relaxed and stress-free inevitably brings increased creativity and productivity. And as a result, also greater satisfaction in personal day-to-day achievements. What’s more, such moments for sharing may also give rise to spontaneous brainstorming or a real exchange
of expertise and information that will definitely benefit the company. It is no coincidence that an increasing number of offices are making their relaxation areas very comfortable, enhancing them with newspapers, photographs, magazines and books.
It’s certainly not a good idea for people to fill the few breaks they have during the day with exhausting telephone calls or quick errands. At the end of the day, a break should be a break, and it’s important to use it wisely. Often, people try to stick it out at their desks until lunchtime, and then allow themselves a moment in the afternoon.
But the study of the Copenhagen researchers reveals that the ideal way of recharging our batteries is to have short, but repeated, breaks throughout the working day. And so, after a coffee break worthy of its name, people cannot help but return to their desks, ready to resume work, with renewed motivation and concentration.