If you work day-to-day in an office, it’s likely you and many of your colleagues enjoy a hot drink whilst sat at your desk. Your office space could have a kitchen area kitted out with a fancy drinks machine which offers 20 different types of teas and coffees, most of which you’ve never even heard of – ‘short macchiato’ anyone?

Britain is known for its love of tea, and despite coffee being the drink to enjoy at the moment with its great Instagrammability (search #LatteArt, it’s pretty cool), tea still came out on top in a study from AppliancesDirect.

The appliance company looked into workplace eating and drinking habits, and found that 56% of respondents choose tea as their preferred hot drink, with coffee coming in second at 38%. It also found that British workers spend a staggering 109.66 hours a year taking tea or coffee breaks away from their desk.

More interestingly, 87% of workers said they find taking regular tea breaks actually boosts their productivity, even though they spent time away from their desk. There is logic to this, due to a number of reasons, most of which we’ve touched on before, here’s a recap:

Getting moving:  Taking the time to make a hot drink means it breaks up your sedentary working day. We hear horror stories about how sitting for a long period of time can damage your health, and so upping your step-count and stretching your legs whilst walking to the drinks-station is a great way to stay active whilst at work; which is often difficult to do when working in an office. We mention taking regular trips to the kitchen as a way to keep active in our previous post here.

A change of scenery: Simply having something new to look at other than your computer screen can be extremely beneficial on productivity. Giving your eyes a rest from bright screens and going somewhere new by going to make a cuppa can really boost your performance and productivity when returning to your desk – with your hot-drink of choice in hand, of course.

Going outdoors: If your office is one which has little ventilation and natural light, take your short break outside. The benefits of natural light on productivity have been covered countless times – here’s our take on the subject – and getting outside in the open air can bring oxygen to your brain and wake you up (along with the caffeine in your hot-drink).

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk comments on the results of the research:

“The data revealed some interesting findings about the nation’s workplace break habits, and it’s great to see so many Britons are taking regular breaks throughout the day to grab a drink.

Whether you work at a desk, in a shop or a factory, or on a building site, getting away from your workstation for a few minutes at regular intervals is likely to aid productivity as it allows you time to stretch your legs and gather your thoughts before heading back to it.”

So, with the research from AppliancesDirect and supporting reasons as to why leaving your desk could boost productivity, perhaps time spent at your desk doesn’t necessarily equal work done. 


Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our Content Writer.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with a love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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