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Monday 06 November 2017

New research has found that British workers rack up over 100 hours per year making tea and other drinks.

A survey by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk has revealed that British workers spend on average 109.66 hours annually taking breaks in the kitchen to make themselves a drink, and have a break from their desk or workstation.

The research, which looked in to workplace eating and drinking habits, found that 87 per cent of workers believe that regular tea breaks aided their productivity, with respondents citing the optimum tea break time was seven minutes. They also believe they should happen on average four times per day outside of lunchtime – totalling 28 minutes per day!

The great British cup of tea remained the drink of choice, topping the poll for workers, with and overwhelming 56 per cent. But despite the rise of coffee culture, a cup of Joe only mustered up 38 per cent of the vote, coming in second place.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk said:

“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.”

Those who work in professional services spend the most time on tea breaks annually, racking up 141 brewing up hours, compared to those who work in Healthcare who spend the least - just 23.5 hours per year - on tea breaks.