National Coffee Day: Tasks Employees Can’t Tackle Before Their First Cup

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U.S. workers love their coffee. In fact, 37 percent of American workers say they can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. And, nearly half of American workers consume at least three cups of coffee each day. These statistics, brewed fresh in a survey from Staples, were released in recognition of today’s celebration of National Coffee Day.

U.S. workers say there are a number of tasks they can’t handle before their first cup of the day. In fact, 44 percent said they can’t have a conversation or commute without coffee. Next comes checking email and eating a meal, at 40 and 38 percent of U.S. employees, respectively.

“Providing coffee and a well-stocked breakroom are easy steps that companies can take to ensure the happiness and productivity of their employees,” said Chris Correnti, vice president and general manager, Staples Facility Solutions. “The Staples Advantage Workplace Index revealed that millennials value office perks and break time. A simple gesture such as providing a well-stocked and inviting breakroom with coffee options goes a long way toward retaining talent.”

For a significant percentage of the workforce, one cup each day will not suffice. In fact, over 57 percent need at least two cups of coffee to feel productive and alert. In today’s always-on work culture, coffee has become even more essential.

“Businesses are always looking for ways to jumpstart employee productivity – leading to increased market share and sales – but the one tried and true method for decades has been a cup of coffee,” said Laura Stack, an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and authority on workplace productivity. “There’s nothing quite like coffee to keep employees engaged, alert and happy at work.”

Americans in 2015 are obsessed with social media, scanning their channels and posting updates multiple times each day. And even still, when asked if they had to give up social media or coffee forever, three out of four U.S. employees said they would give up social media instead of coffee.

Want more coffee talk? Staples is bringing social and coffee together via a #TwitterParty at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 1, during which @Staples and @StaplesB2B will engage with productivity expert @laurastack to discuss America’s love affair with coffee, common productivity challenges faced by today’s workforce, and the impact of well-stocked breakrooms on workplace happiness and productivity. Join #StaplesCoffeeTalk.