For many people, their cup of coffee is an essential part of their working day, as important as their internet access or the right office environment. But some interesting research shows that your choice of career may influence the amount of coffee you drink. So who’s downing the most - and is that really linked to your job?
The thing they don’t ask on careers day
When you’re trying to gauge which job would suit your personality and talents, your coffee drinking isn’t one of the questions you get asked. But it seems that people in certain roles drink more. Here’s the rundown of the jobs drinking the most, based on research by Pressat:
- Journalists and media staff
- Police officers
- Plumbers and trade workers
- Nurses and medical staff
- Company executives
- IT technical support
- Retail staff
What’s the link?
So why do these jobs in particular encourage people to drink more coffee? We think there are a few reasons:
1. The benefits of caffeine
There’s likely to be a clear link between effects of caffeine and the demands of the role. For many of these jobs, pressure can be intense and the hours can be long. So it’s probably no surprise that people turn to coffee, which has been shown to increase energy levels, decrease tiredness and enhance physical and mental alertness.
Of course, if it’s a good cup of quality coffee, it also boosts your mood too.
2. Your image
With the growth of cafe culture and premium takeout coffee, there’s been a shift in the image of coffee. That also affects how people think about the different options available and therefore the people who drink them. If all your colleagues are popping out on a coffee run then you’re probably more likely to join them.
So does your coffee really affect what people think about you? Maybe. But do be careful - opinions do vary. You might think that an espresso makes you look focused and cool, others may just assume you had a late night (and possibly a hangover).
The best option may be to order what you like, rather than what you think you should be seen drinking. Blaze your own trail.
3. Social aspects
For roles where you get a specific break time, rather than grabbing a coffee at your desk, you’ll get a lot of benefits. Research shows that socialising during a coffee break allows people to share ideas and knowledge and deal with stress. So it’s likely that your coffee intake is as much linked to these benefits as it is to quenching your thirst.
4. The taste
Of course, beyond all of this, people choose coffee because they like it. In days gone by, we might have settled for coffee in any form but research shows that both Americans and Canadians think taste is the most important factor in their coffee. More and more offices are offering high quality coffee to their staff - and research shows that this can help staff feel valued.
How about you?
Do you have a job where you drink a lot of coffee? Do you have one of the jobs on the list? Let us know why coffee is important to you.