UK workers are potentially damaging their productivity levels and wellbeing as only a third manage to take a proper tea break according to new research.
A study of 2,000 British workers, commissioned by Tetley, examined the nation’s approach to tea breaks and found that:
- 44 per cent of those studied said they are too busy at work to take tea breaks;
- A quarter of British workers believe that they aren’t allowed tea breaks;
- One in five (20%) say they take fewer tea breaks in a typical day than five years ago;
- As many (20%) say they don’t take a tea break in case their bosses think they are slacking.
- Employees often wait until lunch for a brew, with over 15% of lunches in the workplace paired with tea
In response to the research findings, Tetley is calling on 500 British businesses to help ‘Bring Back The Tea Break.’ A number have already pledged their support, including Virgin Media and tea round favourites Russell Hobbs and Mr Kipling.
Isabelle Haynes, Senior Brand Manager, OOH at Tetley, comments: "The power of a quality cup of tea has long been a source of rejuvenation for Britain’s workforce and the tea break is integral in the workplace. An estimated 12.3bn cups of tea consumed annually across the UK*. Whether employees escape to the staff canteen for calming brew, or spend ten minutes in a café in between meetings, taking time out to properly break from work and recharge is important and can have a beneficial effect for businesses and employees alike.”
The popularity of Fruit and Herbal blends is growing, research by Kantar World Panel showing sales were up 15% last year. Tetley’s wide range of Fruit and Herbal blends provides a variety flavours to cater to all taste preferences in the workplace, as well as an alternative for those looking to avoid caffeine.
“With the backing of some of Britain’s biggest companies, we look forward to seeing bustling staff canteens and cafes, packed full of the nations workforce fuelled by Tetley Tea. This is a fantastic opportunity for contract caterers and operators alike to communicate the significant benefits associated with the Great British Tea Break and encourage people to use your facilities.’’
Businesses are invited to sign up and help ‘Bring Back The Tea Break’ at www.tetley.co.uk
Alternatively, visit the Tetley Tea Academy, a dedicated online portal providing caterers, operators and wholesalers with 175 years of valuable industry insight and advice, in addition to product information and online POS ordering facilities from the UK’s most trusted tea brand.
*Allegra Tea Report 2015