Tea round 'heading for extinction'
Published 24/03/2014 | 00:32
The traditional office tea round is becoming extinct, with workers saying they are too busy to make colleagues a cuppa, according to a new study.
Research among 1,200 employees found that a third would rather just make themselves a drink and get back to work.
Many of those polled by older people's charity Royal Voluntary Service admitted they made excuses for not making a round of drinks, such as waiting until colleagues left the office, or deliberately making a poor brew so they were not asked again.
Two out of five workers said their boss never made them a cup of tea or coffee, even though on average they have five hot drinks every day.
The charity called on companies to help save the tea round as part of its annual Great Brew Break fundraising event from April 28 to May 4.
Chief executive David McCullough said: "We know first-hand how important a cup of tea and a little bit of shared time can be to a person's life, whether that's a happy workplace or cheering up on older person who might not have seen anyone else all week.
"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. I want to encourage the nation's bosses to do their bit to save the humble tea break by pledging to make tea for their colleagues and raise funds for Great Brew Break."
Actress Felicity Kendal, a Royal Voluntary Service ambassador, said: "Time out for a cup of tea and quick chat is hugely important, especially in today's 'head down' fast-paced culture. It might be the time someone opens up about something that's been bothering them or maybe you'll get to hear about that great job that's coming up.
"We all need to take a break to keep our minds focused and it's so important that we maintain a connection with our colleagues."