A Cup of Coffee Might Mean More Productive Work Meetings

Coffee fans, raise your hands and be represented! In the US, 64 percent of adults say they start their mornings with a daily cup of joe. Coffee consumption has become an everyday part of life, part of silly internet memes and part of our routines that sometimes feel crucial for being effective at work. New research suggests that consuming coffee while engaged in a workplace meeting has all the beneficial effects java lovers taut as the reasons they love the stuff.

Researchers from Ohio State University and the University of California, Davis published their findings on America’s favorite bean in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Up until then, most studies on the effects of coffee focused on the individual, instead of the effects on teams and how people operate in a meeting setting.

The first study involved participants abstaining from coffee the day before the trial, and then engaging in 30 minutes of busy work after drinking their first cup of the day. They then did some short reading and a group discussion together (the topic was the liberal Occupy movement) and then evaluated themselves and the others in their group. Other participants did not receive a cup of coffee until after the discussion portion of the trial. Those who drank coffee first tended to give more positive evaluations to themselves and their discussion mates.

The second study was similar: all participants drank coffee before the next trial – except half received a caffeinated beverage and the half received decaf. They also evaluated everyone at the end. Interestingly, any participant who rated themselves as feeling very “alert” tended to give favorable marks to themselves and the others in their group.

“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,” Amit Singh, study co-author and a doctoral student at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business, told Science Daily. They also found that these participants found the discussion to be consistently on-topic and were more willing to work with their group members again in the future.

This is not to say that coffee is a panacea for interpersonal conflicts in the workplace, however it does suggest that the focus and alertness that comes with a cup of joe can assist in having more productive and civil meetings. Do these findings make you want to adjust your morning caffeine ritual?

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

Thank you for sharing!

Barbara M
Past Member 6 months ago

Thank you

Angela K
Angela K7 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Ruth S
Ruth S7 months ago


Chrissie R
Chrissie R7 months ago

Thank you for posting.

Marija M
Marija M7 months ago

Yes, I agree...

Winn A
Winn A7 months ago


Mona M
Mona M7 months ago

Do we really need a research and an experimentation to know that a good cup of coffee is the simplest way to start a Good Day?

Anne M
Anne Moran7 months ago

No thanks,, rather have some H20...

Christine Stewart
Christine S7 months ago