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One-third of U.S. Employees Depend On Their Morning Cup of Coffee

Well, it's Monday morning here in the States, and if you're like many employees people who have managed to keep a job &trade you're slamming down a big cup of coffee right now.

Or maybe you're enjoying a steaming mug of tea, but tea is like mall walking instead of marathon running. Sorry, but when when it comes to caffeine consumption either go big or go home.

A new CareerBuilder/Dunkin Donuts online survey of 3,600 Americans who have managed to keep a job &trade finds one-third need a cup of coffee to get through the workday. Wow, only one cup of coffee? That's just enough caffeine to keep me from sounding like Animal on The Muppet Show, but okay.

Among the other findings:
Nurses, doctors and hotel workers are the most reliant on coffee (click here for a full list of the most caffeine-dependent professions);

43% of Americans aged 18-to-34 who have managed to keep a job &trade report less energy if they don't drink coffee;

The Northeast United States is the most highly caffeinated: Nearly half (48%) of Northeasterners think they're less productive without coffee, followed by 45% of Southerners, 44% Of Westerners and 34% of Midwesterners.

So employers who think, "Let's scrap the free office coffee" to save a few bucks are not only taking away a perk (no pun intended) that employees depend upon, they're also quite possibly diminishing overall productivity. Score one for management!

Now if employers can get the person who took the last cup to brew a new pot, all will be well.

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