Monday Start-Up: A Worker’s Right to Coffee

by Rachel Yeomans | May 20th, 2013   

I have been known to be a little bit of a coffee lover. Truth be told, those at work know that when I don’t have my coffee, I’m not a person they want to speak with. I have often uttered the phrase, “Not enough coffee yet,” to any office inquiries before 9am. And during our bi-weekly staff meeting videos, I’m usually the one focused on coffee. For instance:

And then…

You get the picture.

In this Sunday’s New York Times, Phyllis Korkki wrote an article entitled, “Coffee Rites, And the Stories They Tell.” Now this was an article just for me!

Basically the article touts the benefits of coffee at work, while of course reminding us that we should consume it in moderation. Stephen Braun, a medical writer, was quoted saying that caffeine has “insinuated itself into the workplace, and I don’t see anything particularly wrong with that.” Why thank you Mr. Braun! He also points out that all the research attempting to demonstrate that caffeine is bad for your health just isn’t there.

Side note, my freshman year writing thesis in college was about the health benefits of coffee. I stood by my point and got an A. Maybe my professor was a fellow caffeine addict, or maybe it’s because there’s a point to the delectably slightly bitter brown brew.

Korkki points out other aspects of why coffee (and coffee breaks) are good for the psyche and one’s morale. For instance, a coffee break is literally “a break”. Are you working on something that’s really taxing and taking a lot out of you? Take a coffee break with a colleague and you come back feeling refreshed and much more likely to tackle the problem in a more efficient way. And I do note, a coffee break is much healthier than a cigarette break.

In addition, Korkki does do the good thing of reminding us that caffeine can also be misused. I know that when I have more than three cups, my stomach gets a little angry with me. So as everything, coffee is good but better in moderation.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to refill this delicious cup of coffee next to me. Cheers!

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