Office costly office life

Published on January 11th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

Costly Office Life

A survey published this week states UK office workers spend £1,000 a year on hot drinks, office parties and gifts for colleagues.

2,000 office workers were surveyed by building society Nationwide on their office spending. However, despite this large annual figure, it does not include the amounts spent on travel, breakfast or lunch.

Women apparently feel more pressurised to spend money at work than men. However, men are unhappier about making contributions, particularly when it comes to the annual Christmas party. 42% men objected to having to spend money on Christmas parties compared with just 34% women.

A quarter of workers also stated they felt under pressure to contribute to charity and sponsorship requests from their colleagues.

Top 10 Office Expenses

office tea break

Over the course of your working life, approximately 40 years, you could spend around £40,000 on various gifts, functions and treats. Here are the top 10 items/reasons office life makes a hole in your pocket/wallet.

  1. Clothes and bags
  2. Nights out with colleagues after work
  3. Christmas parties
  4. Birthday presents and cards
  5. Coffee and Tea
  6. Sweets and treats
  7. Technology such as a tablet, phone, mouse or calculator
  8. Leaving presents and cards
  9. Comfort items such as tissues, medication and antibacterial products.
  10. Wedding presents and cards

Save Money on Your Office Tea Break

The Great British Tea Break is in good health if the results of this survey are anything to go by. We still spend more on sweets, treats, teas and coffees (£130.68 per year) at work then socialising after hours with our colleagues (£102.24).

You can make some great savings on your Hot Drinks, Snacks and Sweets right now at the Post Office Shop. Here are some best buys from our Catering range.

Yorkshire Tea

Yorkshire Tea One Cup Tea Bags, Pack of 1200

Over 165 million cups of tea are drunk every day in the UK. Make sure you never run out of tea again in your office with this catering pack of delicious Yorkshire Tea.






Crawford's Family Circle Assorted Biscuits



Crawford’s Family Circle Assorted Biscuit Selection 720g

Every tea break needs a biscuit or two. This super selection ensures there is a biscuit for everyone in your office, from custard creams to chocolate digestives.




Haribo Giant Strawberries


Haribo Giant Strawberries, 120 Sweets per tub

Bound to bring a smile to everyone’s face, even on a Monday morning. Haribos will give you and your colleagues a much needed sugaar boost on your busy days.





Nescafe Unsweetened Cappuccino Sachets


Nescafe Unsweetened Cappuccino Sachets, Pack of 50

Save on pricey trips to your local coffee shop. These low cost sachets are supplied in a pack of 50 to give you a barista style frothy cappuccino in seconds





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