The office tea round is 'heading for extinction'

Workers say they are too busy to make colleagues a cuppa, but help themselves to 5 a day.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 24 Mar 2014

Is the end of the office tea round nigh? Busy and stressed out workers have stopped offering to make a cup for their colleagues, research suggests.

In a study of 1,200 employees, a third of workers admit they prefer to just make themselves a drink and get back to work, rather than have the hassle of making tea or coffee for everyone.

In the poll by charity Royal Voluntary Service, many of those questioned said they tactically wait until colleagues leave the office, or deliberately make a poor brew so they are not asked again.

Two out of five workers also resent making a cup for their boss, who never returns the favour despite having an average of five hot drinks every day.

‘We are all busy, but taking that small amount of time to talk and share a cup of tea is beneficial to everyone's day,’ said the charity’s chief executive David McCullough.

The charity has called on the nation’s bosses to lead the way in saving the tea round by pledging to make tea for their colleagues for the Great Brew Break fundraiser at the end of April.

As part of the campaign, the charity is writing directly to FTSE 100 bosses, appealing to them to put the kettle on to raise funds.

Of course, it’s a far cry from the days when a tea lady was a common sight at 11am and 3pm...

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