Could it be the end of the tea break at work? One in five now say that they take fewer tea breaks compared to five years ago with the fear that bosses may think they are slacking!
I love a nice cup of tea! I used to be a milk and two sugars kind of guy but I have recently begun a lactose and dairy free diet so I now prefer a Peppermint tea but I will cover the diet change another time.
I was just very interested to read how a survey of 2,000 workers found that almost half were too busy to stop for a cuppa, while one in four believed they were not allowed to have a break. One in five said they take fewer tea breaks in a typical day than five years ago. The study by tea maker Tetley also revealed that two out of five bosses never make a round of hot drinks for their staff which is just down right scandalous!
Men are more likely to secretly make themselves a brew to avoid having to make a round for their colleagues, the study found, while other sneaky tactics include offering a tea round when you know everyone else has just had one. Crafty, very crafty!
The average office worker drinks at least four cuppas a day, according to the research, with advertising staff drinking the most tea, while people doing administration roles have the fewest.
Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James commented: “Fewer tea breaks reflect the increasing pressure people feel they are under at work. Whereas in the past taking a tea break was seen as a valuable social activity in the office, it is now beginning to be seen as an unnecessary indulgence and waste of productive work time.
“Yet research has indicated time and time again that striking a balance by taking short breaks during the working day increases people’s productivity and creativity.”
So, anyone fancy a brew? I’ll go and put the kettle on!