American Workers Need Their Cup (or Three) of Joe

Staples Coffee Day Survey Uncovers Tasks Employees Can’t Tackle Before Their First Cup

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--It’s no surprise that the U.S. workforce loves its coffee. In fact, 37 percent of American workers say they can’t even get dressed for work without their first cup of coffee. And, nearly half of American workers consume at least three cups of coffee each day. These statistics, brewed fresh in a survey from Staples, were released today in advance of National Coffee Day, celebrated on September 29.

U.S. workers say there are a number of tasks they can’t handle before their first cup of the day. In fact, 44 percent said they can’t have a conversation or commute without coffee. Next comes checking email and eating a meal, at 40 and 38 percent of U.S. employees, respectively.

“Providing coffee and a well-stocked breakroom are easy steps that companies can take to ensure the happiness and productivity of their employees,” said Chris Correnti, vice president and general manager, Staples Facility Solutions. “The Staples Advantage Workplace Index revealed that millennials value office perks and break time. A simple gesture such as providing a well-stocked and inviting breakroom with coffee options goes a long way toward retaining talent.”

For a significant percentage of the workforce, one cup each day will not suffice. In fact, over 57 percent need at least two cups of coffee to feel productive and alert. In today’s always-on work culture, coffee has become even more essential.

“Businesses are always looking for ways to jumpstart employee productivity – leading to increased market share and sales – but the one tried and true method for decades has been a cup of coffee,” said Laura Stack, an award-winning keynote speaker, bestselling author, and authority on workplace productivity. “There’s nothing quite like coffee to keep employees engaged, alert and happy at work.”

Americans in 2015 are obsessed with social media, scanning their channels and posting updates multiple times each day. And even still, when asked if they had to give up social media or coffee forever, three out of four U.S. employees said they would give up social media instead of coffee.

No matter the business size, Staples has the coffee products companies need to keep their employees productive, whether through Staples stores or For larger organizations, Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples offers a variety of coffee and coffee supply items including creamers, sweeteners and cups/lids. It also offers customers a robust coffee lease program that includes brewers at no extra charge, brewer maintenance and access to a team of field experts.

Join Laura Stack and Staples for a Twitter party

Staples is bringing social and coffee together via a #TwitterParty at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 1, during which @Staples and @StaplesB2B will engage with productivity expert @laurastack to discuss America’s love affair with coffee, common productivity challenges faced by today’s workforce and the impact of well-stocked breakrooms on workplace happiness and productivity. Come and join the #StaplesCoffeeTalk and qualify for exciting prizes.


  • Follow Staples on Twitter @Staples and Staples Advantage @StaplesB2B to learn more.

About the survey
This survey was conducted using and was live from August 17, 2015 – August 31, 2015.

About Staples
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and break room supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Staples also offers free shipping for Staples Rewards Members, in most cases overnight. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at

About Staples Advantage
Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), serves organizations of 10 or more employees up to the Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its customers, including global businesses, local, state and federal government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at


Staples, Inc.
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249


Staples, Inc.
Shweta Agarwal, 508-253-8249