Sometimes we all want to be left alone, but everyone needs some help from time to time. Collaboration is key in virtually all aspects of life, especially the business world. If a group of employees can’t work together, in all likelihood their entire department is doomed from the start. If your team has been slow to get on the same wavelength, a team of researchers from Ohio State University has found that a gesture as simple as buying a round of coffees may be all it takes to get things back on track.
After conducting a series of experiments, the study’s authors observed that drinking caffeinated coffee led to a more positive atmosphere during group work sessions, increased alertness, and fostered improved teamwork. Moreover, after the group sessions, participants who drank coffee reported feeling much better about both their teammates’ and their own contributions to the project.