Men shirk office tea duties
Published 23/02/2010 | 05:19
Trouble is brewing in Britain's workplaces after a new report accused men of "conning" female colleagues into making more than their fair share of tea.
A study of 3,000 workers by Cafedirect revealed that women made more than three times as many cuppas for male colleagues as men make for them, stirring up tensions.
Two-thirds of men invented bogus reasons for not making a brew, while one in four sneaked off to pour themselves a cup of tea on the sly.
The Fairtrade drinks giant said its study also showed that men moaned more about having to make a round of drinks for their colleagues.
Cafedirect chief executive Anne MacCaig said: "As office politics goes, the humble tea round would seem an unlikely cause of controversy but, with some making markedly more tea than others, workers are coming to blows over brews."
Some workers deliberately made a poor cuppa in a bid to avoid making any more, according to the report, launched at the start of Fairtrade fortnight.
Nine out of 10 of those surveyed said they wanted their employers to offer Fairtrade tea.