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Streaking Naked? No Smartphone for Eternity? Giving up Vacation Time? Staples Coffee Survey Shows Lengths Employees Will Go to Keep their Cup of Joe

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep. 15, 2016-- Some office workers take their reliance on coffee to the extreme. In fact, nearly one-third of employees said they would rather streak naked through the main street of their town than give up coffee for a year, according to a Staples survey released in advance of National Coffee Day, celebrated on September 29.

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Staples' coffee survey shows the lengths employees will go to keep their cup of joe, including strea ...

Staples' coffee survey shows the lengths employees will go to keep their cup of joe, including streaking naked, giving up their smartphone forever, or forgoing vacation days.

Not only would some shed their clothes for coffee, more than half of those polled also confessed they would give up sweets over coffee forever. Coffee even rivals our reliance on technology, as a quarter of employees said they would go without their smartphone for eternity if that meant they could keep coffee. Not even annual vacation time is safe – as 24 percent would relinquish their yearly time off in favor of access to coffee.

The survey revealed that, on average, employees consume two cups of coffee each day. It makes sense, then, that according to the Staples Business Advantage Workplace Index, three quarters of those polled wished that employers provided free coffee and snacks.

“Drinking coffee is engrained in the daily routine of the U.S. workforce – 59 percent drink at least two cups daily – and many consider it essential for them to do their work at a high level,” said Kerry Anne Carter, vice president, Staples Business Advantage, which offers customers a robust coffee lease program that includes brewers at no extra charge, brewer maintenance and access to a team of field experts. “Taking the initiative to provide free coffee options and a welcoming breakroom can go a long way toward keeping employees happy and productive.”

According to the coffee survey, 35 percent of employees need at least one cup to feel productive or alert during the day; otherwise, it’s not pretty. When employees were asked which tasks they can’t handle before their first cup of the day, top answers included thinking, talking to anyone and commuting to work.

Win Staples Business Advantage Coffee for a Year

Fancy a shot at free coffee? Look no further. From now through 12:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, September 28, all employees in the 50 U.S. states and Washington D.C. are eligible to discover their “coffee personality” by taking a short quiz administered by Staples Business Advantage and MARS Drinks. Completing the quiz yields one entry into a sweepstakes that will award ten lucky businesses a MARS DRINKS™ Flavia Creation® 150 coffee brewer and coffee for their office for one year! To enter and view the Official Rules, please visit staplesadvantagecoffeepersonality.com. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Mug Shot Social Contest

Still not satisfied? Beginning on Friday, September 23, Staples is bringing back the Office MugShot Sweepstakes – giving all employees in the 50 U.S. and Washington D.C. the chance to share an original photo with their favorite mug used at work to Twitter using #OfficeMugShot, #Sweepstakes and mentioning @Staples, or by entering on Facebook to receive one entry into the sweepstakes. Winners will receive a coffee prize pack, including a Keurig Brewer. More entry details (including Official Rules) can be found here. There is no purchase necessary to enter. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Staples has the coffee solutions that employees and organizations – no matter the size – need to stay productive, whether through Staples stores, Staples.com or Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. Customers have access to a variety of coffee and coffee supply items including creamers, sweeteners and cups/lids.

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

About the survey
This survey was conducted using SurveyMonkey.com and was live from July 21, 2016August 4, 2016.

About Staples, Inc.

Staples retail stores and Staples.com help small business customers make more happen by providing a broad assortment of products, expanded business services and easy ways to shop, all backed with a lowest price guarantee. Staples offers businesses the convenience to shop and buy how and when they want - in store, online, via mobile or though social apps. Staples.com customers can either buy online and pick-up in store or ship for free from Staples.com with Staples Rewards minimum purchase. Expanded services also make it easy for businesses to succeed with in-store Business Centers featuring shipping services and products, copying, scanning, faxing and computer work stations, Tech Services, full-service Print & Marketing Services, Staples Merchant Services, small business lending and credit services.

Staples Business Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc., helps mid-market, commercial and enterprise-sized customers make more happen by offering a curated assortment of products and services combined with deep expertise, best-in-class customer service, competitive pricing and state-of-the art ecommerce site. Staples Business Advantage is the one-source solution for all things businesses need to succeed, including office supplies, facilities cleaning and maintenance, breakroom snacks and beverages, technology, furniture, interior design and Print & Marketing Services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples, Inc. operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

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