Many workplaces provide coffee makers or espresso machines for their employees to use.
The process of setting up a drip coffee machine or making an espresso can take several minutes, during which the employee is not toiling productively.
Even the single-use-coffee-“pod” machines (famously, the Nespresso brand) take at least a few seconds to set up and use.
A method of food/drink delivery used for farm animals may be the ultimate efficient solution here: the “coffee trough” (Figure 2). In its simplest form, this could just be a long metal box on top of a hot plate.
Employees could either dip a mug into the coffee trough or drink from it directly like a farm animal, as time permits.
This brings new efficiency to the office!
PROS: This “coffee trough” will allow a company to attract even better talent, as it’s unlikely that any competitors will offer such a perk.
CONS: May cause employees to drink too much coffee. Also might spread water-borne diseases between employees, so it’s recommended to occasionally boil the trough-coffee to keep it sanitary.
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