A Better Work Day: Using Caffeine on the Job

Cooks and servers, scientists, sales representatives, nurses, writers and editors, executives, teachers, and engineers were some of the workers who say they work better after drinking coffee, according to a new national survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts and CareerBuilder.

In a national survey of over 4,000 people, nearly 50 percent said that their job performance suffers without coffee.  Among younger workers, between 18 and 34, more than 60 percent said the same thing.

These were the jobs and professions topping the list of “caffeine performers,” in order of what percentage attributed help on the job to coffee:

  1. Food Preparation/Service Workers
  2. Scientists
  3. Sales Representatives
  4. Marketing/Public Relations Professionals
  5. Nurses (Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant)
  6. Editors/Writers/Media Workers
  7. Business Executives
  8. Teachers/Instructors (K-12)
  9. Engineering Technicians/Support
  10. IT Managers/Network Administrators

About 50 percent of all workers reported that they don’t get as much done if they don’t have at least one cup of coffee.  Most workers had more than one cup, however, and almost 65 percent have at least two cups on the days they work. Nearly 30 percent said they drink at least three cups. 

But it’s not only increased energy and productivity that was improved with caffeine.  The benefit reported by the most respondents — 20 percent — was that coffee gave them a chance to network and socialize with their peers.

Of course, caffeine has many other benefits.  For example, it boosts our moods.  Studies have proven that people who drink coffee are less likely to suffer from depression and, in fact, are less likely to commit suicide.

Considering that caffeine also protects our heart and brain health, prevents or reduces a raft of pathological conditions, and just makes us feel good, the increase in job performance adds yet another reason to be thankful that caffeine is freely available to improve our lives.

 

 

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