As coffee shops can once again welcome customers many home workers will be glad to break up the working day with a visit to their local coffee shop. The humdrum of people, the coffee grinder at work, the coffee aroma and the subtle music playing in the background all add up to the perfect work moment.
I’m sure many workers can relate, but why are coffee shops so appealing to workers? Are there actually any benefits to moving your office to the nearest coffee shop?
A Sensory Experience
It turns out it’s not just the caffeine buzz that’s important—a literal buzz will also boost your productivity. Researchers at the University of Illinois found that noise similar to that at a coffee shop (about 70 decibels) enhances both creativity and productivity.
This has led to apps mimicking the sounds of coffee machines, the buzz of people, and the music playing in the background.
Two words: caffeine and endorphins. These chemicals are what makes your coffee love so good for you. Getting out of the office to grab a cup of your favourite coffee may just stimulate the positive endorphins your brain needs to get through those afternoon meetings.
Then, there’s the caffeine. Not only will it provide a boost of energy, but it’s been found to assist in healthy digestion and positively impact overall physical and mental health.
Banish Artists Block
Suffering from artist’s block? When you’re sitting in a coffee shop, there’s stimuli coming from all directions. Not only will the trip there clear your head, but the change of environment will encourage creative inspiration. You might hear a song or a conversation, read something, see a piece of artwork, or even taste something that sparks a new idea.
Coffee shops are such a great place for networking, they can be the perfect place for casual business meetings with clients.
On the other hand, they can also be an excellent place to meet new people. Who knows who you might meet at the counter or sit next to?
Support For The Industry
When you work at a café, you’re not just helping yourself—you’re also helping others. You’re supporting your local baristas and café owners, who have been hit hard by closures over the last year. Just make sure you’re buying enough coffee and food to pay for your stay, using a table without buying enough is not a good way to support your local café.
So next time you have a ton of work to do, pick up your stuff, get out of the office, and find a café. You might be surprised at how effective it is.