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Published on April 29th, 2014 | by admin

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Get The Kettle On, It’s Great Brew Break Week

There has never been a better time to volunteer to undertake the office tea round than this week. That’s because it is Great Brew Break Week when you can not only score brownie points with colleagues but can also raise money for the Royal Voluntary Service.

According to a poll undertaken by the Royal Voluntary Service to coincide with Great Brew Break Week, the humble tea round is in danger of becoming extinct! Apparently 2.5 million workers have confessed they do not find time to put the kettle on for their co-workers.

But that’s not to say the demand for a nice cuppa is on the wane, as Britons drink an average of five cups of tea or coffee a day at work. It seems we have just got into the habit of being too lazy to think of our co-workers with a third (34 per cent) workers admitting that is the case. Excuses often cited to escape from the tea round include waiting until people are not around, offering when people have just made themselves a drink plus deliberately making sub-standard brews so they are not asked again.

The focus of this year’s Great Brew Break Week is for bosses to lead by example. Perhaps the demise of the office tea round stems from them? Well with 40 per cent of workers claiming their boss never makes a cuppa it appears there may be some substance to this notion.

And if employers have concerns that promoting the tea round is going to harm productivity it seems their fears can be allayed by the fact that 41 per cent of those questioned claiming that taking short breaks during their working day is essential for optimum concentration.

So where Great Brew Break Week is concerned, I think we should all fill the kettle, raise a cup or mug of tea or coffee and drink to that!

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