Want to jump-start your morning? Feeling sluggish at work? Most of us reach for a cup of coffee, hoping to put a little pep in our step. According to a survey by CareerBuilder, 34% of workers say they need coffee to get through the day and 20% of workers say they can socialize better after having a cup of coffee – but does coffee really increase our productivity?
An 8-ounce cup of coffee has around 100mg of caffeine, and the effects of it vary from person to person: If you drink two or more cups of coffee every day (which applies to 61% of workers), your body will get used to the effects of caffeine and coffee won’t seem to work so well after awhile. If you only drink coffee once or twice a week, however, your body isn’t used to the caffeine and you’re more likely to feel energized from it.
This means that coffee has the potential to minimally affect a regular coffee drinker but greatly affect an occasional coffee drinker.
Last year, a PhD candidate for the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia conducted research on the effects of coffee. After studying how rats responded to the drink, Jay Hosking concluded that in humans, coffee can help lazy people be more productive. If you’re already a productive person, however, coffee can actually make you more lazy.
So – how affected you are by caffeine can depend on how much you intake on a regular basis and how naturally motivated you are.
While scientists seem to support the low-calorie and antioxidant qualities of coffee, there are differing opinions on the caffeine part of it: Some say it helps because it increases short-term memory and reaction times, while others say it makes you crash and actually lowers your productivity.
What do you think? Does coffee help you when you’re working?