Does your workplace embrace the tea drinking culture?
If you are in an American workplace, the chances are that the answer to this question is no.
However, for workers in Britain and Ireland, it is engrained into the working day.
And perhaps, think some nutritionists and health professionals, this is something that should be encouraged more in American workplaces.
So what are the primary benefits of bringing your tea bags into your workplace?
- TEA IS A LOW CALORIE DRINK
Tea wins approval from health professionals as generally being slightly lower in caffeine, than many forms of coffee. It is also low calorie.
When drunk black, without sugar, or perhaps with just a dash of lemon, it is practically calorie free. If a splash of milk is added, it will still be a low fat drink and additionally, a good way to get some calcium into your diet.
Admittedly, if you drink sugared or very sweet tea, you are lessening some of its beneficial qualities, but tea has the potential to be a healthy drink – whether you prefer it hot or cold.
- TEA HAS ADVANTAGES OVER COFFEE
Tea has many advantages over coffee, including lower levels of caffeine and a beneficial effect on the heart.
It doesn’t cause an attack of the ‘jitters’ which coffee is strongly associated with and if taken in moderation, can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle.
- TEA IS COMMUNAL
Unlike coffee, which may come from a vending machine that everyone enjoys separately, tea can be brewed up for communal drinking.
Okay, we know that coffee can also be drunk out of the pot, but people have a million different ways of drinking it.
There is something communal about making a pot of tea for the entire office, which is never quite replicated with coffee.
By getting the workforce together, you are bringing people into one space, where they may become sociable.
Even if you are just walking through the office, collecting cups and asking whether your colleagues fancy a brew, you are communicating and interacting with your work colleagues.
Not only is this a simple, friendly act, but it may help boost networking potential!
- TEA IS EASY TO MAKE
Making a pot of tea – or brewing one in a cup – is pretty simple.
It is not overly fussy and doesn’t involve grinding anything, or tons of expensive and fiddly special equipment.
It’s cheap and easy to do and can easily be fit into your ordinary working day.