Coffee is inextricably linked to business success—a recent study actually determined that coffee drinkers get paid more than tea drinkers—but how can the career-savvy employee use this all-important beverage to his advantage and gain a promotion?
Caffeine, Part I: Power Up
Why is everyone headed to the office clutching a cup of coffee? Because caffeine opens the blood vessels to your brain, helping you to focus better and work faster…and ensuring you’re firing on all cylinders when the boss drops by to mention how much he approved of your last report.
Caffeine, Part II: Keep It Running
The hard truth is, employees who work longer hours than others are often rewarded. For those determined to burn the candle at both ends, coffee is surely your best bet when your eyelids start to droop. A study at Rice University found that caffeine actually increases endurance, so you can work longer without feeling fatigued.
The Coffee Shop: Work Away From Work
The great “third place”, coffee shops simply help people to get work done. Whether it’s the free Wi-Fi, the caffeinated, energetic atmosphere, or the buzz of youthful conversation, people can feel more alive and productive in a coffee shop—and more willing to put in extra hours that can translate into a promotion.
Coffee For The Boss, Part I
Assuming you can do so without fawning—or making enemies of your co-workers—there is nothing wrong with bringing the boss a cup of coffee. Will she see right through your magnanimous nature to the ambitious employee within? Probably. Will that count against you on the career advancement front? Probably not.
Coffee For The Boss, Part II
- Consider actually taking your boss to coffee, or requesting offsite facetime with your boss at a coffee shop. The atmosphere of the coffee shop is a powerful one—Business Insider claims that “50 coffee meetings” can’t fail to advance your career significantly—and a 2013 study revealed that seven out of ten bosses trusted coffee drinkers more than non-coffee drinkers. In addition, bosses were 62% more likely to give promotions to people who drank coffee.
Coffee For The Boss, Part III
If you want a promotion, you need to increase your visibility. When the boss herself takes a break and heads to the office kitchen for a cuppa, you should too—chat her up and let her see why you deserve a bigger role in the company.
Office Hero, Part I: The Thoughtful Guy
The coffee station is ground zero for employee socializing, bantering and refueling. So why not nominate yourself as Unofficial Refiller of the half-and-half carafe, or dampen a few paper towels to wipe down the counters? Sure, it’s not your job—but it’s a chance to show you are willing to go above and beyond—skills which can translate into work-related assignments.
Office Hero, Part II: The Popular Girl
No doubt about it, coffee builds rapport. This 2008 study found that the act of holding a warm cup of coffee prompted its owner to attribute warm feelings to the person across from her. If you bond with your co-workers over coffee, chances are you’ll rise through the ranks.
Coffee actually helps you exercise longer without feeling fatigued. Your athletic physique around the office can’t fail to make a difference at promotion time.
Make It Personal
Perhaps the best thing about coffee in business is that it doesn’t have to be business at all. It can simply be picking up a cup for a friend on a cold morning when she missed her train. After all the business is said and done, it’s the little human touches that get noticed. Those pay-it-forward moments can be the difference between a promotion and marching in place at work.