Thomas Mackie29 Jan 2019 AT 04:25 PM

Half of workers avoid drinking tea so they don't have to make it for colleagues

Are you guilty of this?
Thomas Mackie29 Jan 2019 AT 04:25 PM
Half of workers avoid drinking tea so they don't have to make it for colleagues

Everyone loves a good cup of tea, but according to new research 50% of workers avoid drinking it so they don't have to make a cuppa for their colleagues.

A new study by Hyper Recruitment Solutions asked 2,000 employees about their tea-drinking habits and came to the shocking conclusion.

It said: "While employees are direct on some issues, they'd rather avoid the situation completely than feel obliged to make a brew for other."

Dr Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex's school of psychology, explained it could be caused by one of a few things.

He said: "From a social psychology perspective, there may be inbuilt hierarchies in your office politics.

"A person who may be senior or consider themselves to be senior may feel they don't need to do it."

Unfortunately, it seems that all it takes is for one person not to get the tea round in for the whole thing to collapse.

He added: "If we assume everyone is equal in the office and there isn't a hierarchy, then it's basically coming down to a 'free-rider problem'.

"A free-rider problem might be known as 'the tragedy of the commons'. These are situations where there's a public good that needs enough people to contribute to it for everybody to get a benefit.

"Tea rounds are a good example of that. It only really takes one or two really keen people to make the thing work, but a lot of people can benefit.

"The free-rider is the person who doesn't do it, they basically just let everyone else pick up the tab.

"Eventually though people start building up resentment and saying 'If they're not gonna do it, then I'm not gonna do it', which means nobody gets tea."

So to the 50% of you who don't brew up - you better get the kettle on.

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