Because I’m an American and thus more used to watching this same battle rage over coffee in the office, I find this kind of … cute. Seriously. It’s tea. And the English. “More than their fair share of tea”, “a poor cup”, “bunk off”, “humble tea round”. It’s freakin’ adorable!
Men of have been accused of using underhand tactics to get female colleagues to make more than their fair share of tea.
A report shows that women make more than three times as many cups of tea as men in the workplace.
Two-thirds of men told a study they invented bogus reasons for not making hot drinks, while one in four sneaked off to make one just for themselves.
The study of 3,000 workers by Cafedirect revealed that men also moan more about having to make drinks for their colleagues.
But women aren’t entirely blameless. Almost half (46 per cent) admit to using the office brew as a chance to bunk off work, while a quarter reveal their apparent act of generosity is merely a cover for sharing office gossip with colleagues.
Some workers deliberately made a poor cup in a bid to avoid making any more, according to the report, launched at the start of Fairtrade fortnight.
Recruitment consultants – the UK’s biggest tea drinkers – generally spend almost as long moaning about tea (four minutes) as making it (five minutes).
They are also the most likely to use dirty tricks to duck out of making workmates a drink, with 44 per cent admitting to making deliberately poor tea to avoid repeat orders.
Builders by contrast are least likely to complain about a bad cup of tea, with barely a third saying they have criticised workmates.
Overall, two thirds of colleagues dispute whose turn it is to make the tea once a day, with 24 per cent saying it’s led them to secretly harbour bad thoughts towards those who haven’t pulled their weight.
Anne MacCaig, Cafedirect chief executive, said: ”As office politics goes, the humble tea round would seem an unlikely cause of controversy but, with some making markedly more tea than others, workers are coming to blows over brews.”