A new study from Ohio State University finds that drinking coffee makes employees more positive to their coworkers by making them more alert. Lots of us start the day with a cup or five of the buzzy brew and now we know there’s another perk to drinking coffee at work.
Researchers found that participants who drank coffee – the real, caffeinated kind - before discussing a controversial topic rated themselves and their team members more positively than those who didn’t get coffee until after the discussion. And when they did the test again, this time with half getting full-strength brew and half getting decaf, it was the caffeinated coffee drinkers who ranked themselves and their team members more positively, stayed on topic more, and were more likely to say they’d be willing to work with their group again.
So what does this all mean? Study co-author Amit Singh says the good vibes are steeped in the caffeine buzz. He says, “We suspect that when people are more alert they see themselves and the other group members contributing more, and that gives them a more positive attitude.”
And for us, it’s another reason to enjoy pouring that cup of coffee in the morning. We all want to get along well with our coworkers, after all.