The Role of Tea and Coffee in the Office

We sit like drones, in front of our computers, earphones in, emailing the person next to us a question rather than being bothered to speak to them.ย  Perhaps the only break we get from this is a tea or coffee break with some good watercooler talk.ย  While this is good for employees, watercooler talk can be very annoying for managers.

According to a British study, the average British employee ‘wastes’ 24 minutes a day making tea for themselves and others.ย  This adds up to about ยฃ400 ($600) per employee per year.

Of course, from an employees point of view, breaks are necessary in the workplace.ย  People are happier when they socialize.ย  It makes them feel a part of their workplace, and plus making tea for others can be a very enjoyable experience for both parties.ย  One cannot realistically work 8 hours a day straight, and this study on productivity loss did not take into account the possible boost in productivity that may result from breaks and socialization.

It’s sort of a battle between employees and employers.ย  However, bosses beware, while the caffeine boost from tea does not result in a increase of productivity, a study did note that if employees accustommed to caffeine were quickly deprived of caffeine, they would suffer from withdrawal effects, leading to a decrease in productivity…and probably workplace satisfaction.

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