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“A day without tea is a day without joy.”

The famous Chinese proverb has become the most domesticated phrase of tea connoisseurs across the world. And when we talk about organizations, it is a much-needed break employees love to take as an escape from work stress. Being the most consumed drink across the globe after water, tea alone embraces all the aura to gather a group of people around it. Be it for a casual breakfast, morning meetings, or simply socializing, at workplace, tea and coffee breaks indeed are essential to establish work life balance along side a great work culture.

The British Tea Culture – ‘Unfolding Pages of History.’

According to some scholars, tea contributed substantially to the British lifestyle during the Industrial Revolution. Afternoon tea potentially turned into a strategy to motivate the workers working on hourly basis in factories. Sugary snacks accompanied the stimulants in the tea as an encouragement to complete the day’s effort. Not only the workers but also some employers used to repeat tea breaks as a way to stay productive and energetic.

Employee Engagement over a Cup of Tea- ‘Around the World’

While several businesses consider tea break as an unnecessary expense, organizations of different countries described underneath have left benchmarks in creating a refreshing tea & coffee culture, that is one of the great tools to attract top talent from the all over the world and ensure work life balance within the organization.

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‘Elevenses’ in the United Kingdom

Grabbing a cup of tea or coffee allows employees to have good eye-to-eye communications over dreary email conversations. Enabling individuals out of their desks, Elevenses is a traditional tea or coffee break, usually taken at 11 a.m. in almost all the companies in the UK. Appealing central areas are the highlight of these businesses where employee engagement is never skipped just over a cup of coffee.

‘Green Tea’ in Japan

Green Tea is the choice of beverage for organizations in Japan as a healthy source of staying productive throughout the day. Plenty of work related discussions in the country are held over tea or coffee, instead of formal channels.

‘Coffee on the Go’ in America

Despite the Federal Law which, does not allow coffee breaks in America, several organizations have a culture of short coffee breaks. Since coffee vending machines are popular out there, the beverage is enjoyed on the go as a means to unwind from work for a short period. Employees in such workplaces are always enthusiastic and take less sick leaves.

Why Must Organizations Offer Tea & Coffee Breaks?

==> Tea breaks are known enhance employee productivity

==> Tea breaks improve bonding among colleagues –  new and old

==>Tea & coffee breaks boost morale of employees by allowing them to unwind amidst critical work situations.

Short tea breaks can lead to a healthier and happier workforce

Just the way major business deals are signed over a cup of tea or coffee, entrepreneurs make an endeavor that they are satisfied with the way they are treated. The same formula once applied within an organization can make employees feel as valued as the clients and a sense of work satisfaction arise without much effort taken by the HR team. All they need to do is, create a work culture that is not biased and embraced by all employees, ultimately leading to work-life balance.

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