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Study: drinking coffee can improve relations among co-workers

Posted at 9:47 PM, Jun 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 00:57:59-04

Is there a secret to getting along better with co-workers? Turns out, there is, and it can be found at the bottom of a coffee mug, according to a recent study.

The study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology is titled, "Coffee with co-workers: role of caffeine on evaluations of the self and others in group settings." It suggests that people who drink a moderate amount of coffee before work are more engaged.

Across two studies, results show that consuming a moderate amount of caffeinated coffee prior to indulging in a group activity enhances an individual’s task-relevant participation in the group activity. In addition, subjective evaluations of the participation of other group members and oneself are also positively influenced. Finally, the positive impact of consuming a moderate amount of caffeinated coffee on the evaluation of participation of other group members and oneself is moderated by a sense of an increased level of alertness.

-The Journal of Psychopharmacology

The stores director of Savaya Coffee, Zach Yentzer, agrees with the results of the study. On top of that, he explained that the majority of his customers are business professionals, either stopping by for their daily cup of coffee, or sitting down for a meeting over coffee.

"It's a part of daily life, and it's something that binds people together," Yentzer said. "Coffee is a product that helps you think clearly and be more creative."

While he's a coffee aficionado, he does think that there is a point where it can go too far. So, he advises people to always be cognizant of how much they're having.

"I think if you drink too much coffee, and you're on edge, you can go off the edge and not be as likable," he said. "Everything in moderation."

One of his regular customers, Matt Tillman, is on the same page. 

"Coffee," he said. "It's probably my longest and best relationship."

He believes it makes people more engaged, feel more alert, and can allow them to be open to more ideas. For him, he feels thrown off when he doesn't have his coffee.

"Ritualistically, it helps bring me into the day," Tillman said. "I think a lot like some form of a meditation, it resets my mind and gets me prepped for what's coming, and keeps me on track."