Are we facing the death of tea breaks?

A woman stirs cups of tea and coffee, London PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Anthony Devlin/PA wire

A woman stirs cups of tea and coffee, London PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Anthony Devlin/PA wire - Credit: PA

Workers are taking fewer tea breaks, often fearing their bosses will think they are slacking, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 workers found that almost half were too busy to stop for a cuppa, while one four believed they were not allowed to have a break.

One in five said they take fewer tea breaks in a typical day than five years ago.

The study by tea maker Tetley also revealed that two out of five bosses never make a round of hot drinks for their staff.

Men are more likely to secretly make themselves a brew to avoid having to make a round for their colleagues, the study found, while other sneaky tactics include offering a tea round when you know everyone else has just had one.

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The average office worker drinks at least four cuppas a day, according to the research, with advertising staff drinking the most tea, while people doing administration roles have the fewest.

Psychologist Honey Langcaster-James commented: 'Fewer tea breaks reflect the increasing pressure people feel they are under at work. Whereas in the past taking a tea break was seen as a valuable social activity in the office, it is now beginning to be seen as an unnecessary indulgence and waste of productive work time.

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'Yet research has indicated time and time again that striking a balance by taking short breaks during the working day increases people's productivity and creativity.'

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