Do you make the tea at work? Do you offer everyone a cup or are you a sneaky brewer? A study in Britain has discovered that 56% of office workers sneak into the kitchen to make a cup for themselves. While a fifth of the closet tea-makers claim that they don’t offer their coworkers a cup because they are too busy, more than a third are simply too embarrassed of their tea-making skills. Hint: stop making it one cup at a time. Use a proper teapot and be sure to scald it before you start.
While making a cup for yourself can be calming and an easy way to grab some “me” time, psychologist Corrine Sweet tells the Daily Express “the person who brews up for the work crew, with a smile is often popular and it’s a good social networking skill. Never doing so can create resentment in the office, and even block promotion.” The Express reports that sneaky tea-making goes on at home too, “with a quarter disregarding their partner or housemate when putting the kettle on.” Obviously Coronation Street has been lying about British tea hospitality for all these years.