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Let’s Talk Coffee, Shall We?

March 6, 2012

More than likely, at the time you’re reading this, I’m enjoying a steaming hot cup of joe.  I have a cup in the morning when I’m getting ready for work and once at the office I tend to enjoy that delicious java throughout the day. 

We’ve got a happy coffee-drinking crowd in my office and pots are brewing all day long.  We even have one fabulous co-worker who, upon starting a fresh pot mid-afternoon, sends an email out to a handful of people with the subject line “FRESH COFFEE!” (and then she sits back as we all stampede to her work area….)

It’s a workplace institution, isn’t it?  Grabbing a cup of that Wakey Juice in the break room and catching up with Joe from Accounting for a few minutes.  Perhaps sampling some double-decadent-chocolate cookies baked by Karen in Marketing which she lovingly brought in for her co-workers.

Well not so fast.  That’s not the norm in every workplace.

Just the other day, while perusing the interwebz, I found this sample of HR policy goodness::

“Employee Break Room Usage Policy”   Take a break and enjoy complimentary decaf! (3 minutes)

In other words – you have 3 minutes to get in and out and back to your desk.  And we only give you the decaf.  No Leaded version available.

And oh yes – this was an actual HR policy.  In fact, this was part of the company’s New Employee Orientation program and this line warranted a slide all-its-own.

Wouldn’t be the place for me.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. ggmckinney permalink
    March 6, 2012 7:36 am

    Ugh! Some are going to policy themselves right out of having good employees. Company culture becomes more important than salary for some. Imagine how much the personal connections people make during impromptu meetings could end up supporting the company and a positive culture.

  2. March 6, 2012 8:02 am

    Really? This is what some HR departments are spending their time doing? No wonder we get a bad rap….last time I checked, break room and coffee usage does not qualify as a strategic initiative!

  3. March 6, 2012 6:02 pm

    That’s horrible…must be a joke no? I am so envious of your office as in mine the coffee is bordering on criminal. The pots, which are those industrial plastic carafes, I’m 100% convinced have never been washed. And, the strength of the coffee is very much up to the one who makes it. Typically, it’s closer to mud than anything drinkable.

    Thus, my solution is to have a perfect cup at home, bring another with me in a good “keep it warm” travel mug and, if it’s a really rough day…head to Starbucks later in the day.

    Great blog. Glad I stumbled across it!

  4. bonnit permalink
    March 7, 2012 9:14 am

    I think the world is becoming bi-polar. There are some businesses that use the servery as a place of business and the coffee is encouraged and free, and lately, some businesses that point to the servery as the bain of their existence, and have started to charge for the coffee. I feel like this train left the station a long time ago. People need their coffee (or in my circumstance, their tea) and are going to go to whatever lengths they need to get it. The harder you make it for them to enjoy the experience, the less productivity.

    Hand me that donut, would ‘ya–

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