Did Someone Say Coffee?

There’s no disputing that coffee breaks are a great opportunity to relax and unwind but also serve to enhance productivity levels, increase focus, and lowers stress levels at work. Raimonda Iškauskaitė, writing for the European Social Entrepreneurship and Innovative Studies Institute, draws attention to the importance of coffee breaks by helping individuals to connect with colleagues and providing an opportunity to clear your head.

Time for a break…

The unprecedented move by the UK Government calling for society to implement social distancing strategies to help slow down the spread of Covid-19   has inevitably resulted in an increased number of organisations encouraging employees to work from home as part of a business continuity plan and naturally, teams are coming together in online coffee breaks.

Stay focused…

Collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams gained 12 Million users in the past week thanks to Coronavirus, imagine the stress such a move can cause at having to redesign the way you work and collaborate with colleagues overnight.  Productivity issues may arise as a result of distractions associated with working in all too familiar environment, others less quick to adapt to new  technologies may worry about creating bottlenecks in workflow.

Switch off for a while

As part of a coping strategy, online coffee breaks can help overcome periods of stress and eliminate the feeling of loneliness and isolation, boosting camaraderie between individuals and teams. In Dr Pernille Stroebaek’s paper “Let’s Have a Cup of Coffee! Coffee and Coping Communities at Work”, communities of coping were created through coffee break encounters, though it was noted these were often difficult spaces for newcomers to enter.  For new employees, online coffee breaks can be the game changer, allowing them to build connections with new colleagues.  Online coffee breaks provide a platform for newcomers to learn more about the organisation, people and culture and help build closer working relationships.

Grab that Eureka moment

There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests social cohesion is fundamental to job satisfaction and performance.  High performing organisations recognise how coffee breaks add value to this.  Casual chats over coffee serve as fountains of human creativity; how many times has someone said they had a Eureka moment over a simple chat and a cup of coffee?  Could your breakthrough come from an online coffee break?

Let Blendly be the catalyst to your coffee break

Blendly.co.uk is your partner of choice for your online coffee break.  The Blendly online marketplace allows users to select a from a wide range of speciality green beans, blend and roast to their specification and have delivered to their door within 72 hours of ordering.  Barista accounts are perfect for teams to create their own blends.  Once a blend is created, a unique blend code is assigned which can be shared with team members. Blends can be delivered either whole bean or ground for espresso, cafetière or filter.  Give your team a boost and send them a bag of your freshly created blend!

 

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