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The weekend is on the way...and at some point in at least one of the days, I know that I will end up in a coffee shop. Now it may be one of the major chains that now dominate the high street, or, if lucky, I could find an independent outlet offering a less 'prescriptive' atmosphere and more personal service. But wherever it is, the intention is either social or to spend a quiet hour or so with the Sunday papers whilst I watch the world go by.

When the weekend is over and it's back to work, however, at no point do I consider that I should have to compromise on the quality of the coffee or other beverages that either I or my team consume. There are a number of reasons why this makes sense, personally and from a business perspective.

I work better if I feel that my employer cares. If they were to give access to something that was merely wet, hot and flavourless, I would feel a little disheartened to say the least when I arrived at work...in fact, I'd make a detour enroute to work to pick up a coffee and arrive at my desk a little later than my usual early arrival time.

Mid morning, nothing beats a shot of quality freshbrew coffee, either black or in a creamy cappuccino. It keeps me and the rest of the staff alert and focused on the task in hand.

And, at that point in the afternoon when only a refreshing cup of tea will do, either black, green or herbal, the quality needs to be there too in order to pause and reset, ready to finish the day.

Quality drinks motivate the staff and make them feel valued. They keep people hydrated, helping to maintain alertness and focus. They ensure that you get the best out of them, without having to head off to the local coffee shop during work time to 'get the round in'. And to top it all, if you have a quality hot drinks machine it can be a more environmentally responsible alternative to the kettle, with less mess and no arguments about hygiene and washing up!

So, isn't it time you brought the coffee shop into the office? Treat your staff and see the impact it can have on productivity and staff morale.

Author: Jane Rowe

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