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Our Work Colleagues Hate Making Tea For Us So Stop Asking

A new study from the UK has found that most people avoid making hot drinks because they can't be bothered making them for others.

Wow. Rude.

The research, which was commissioned by Hyper Recruitment Studios, surveyed 2,000 adults and found that half of them avoided making themselves a tea or coffee at work just so they don't get asked to make them for others.

The report said: "While employees are direct on some issues, they’d rather avoid the situation completely than feel obliged to make a brew for others."

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According to the survey not only are we disgracefully lazy, but we're also really rude.

Four out of five of those surveyed admitted that they found general chats with their colleagues "irritating" with football and children the topics most on the nose. Talking about the weather or about someone's weekend also ranked pretty high.

Bizarrely, while we're not keen on making a hot drink for our colleagues, we are happy to get a little handsy now and then, with the survey finding that most employees consider physical contact in the workplace acceptable.

We're talking hugs, kisses on the cheek and high fives.

But before you head over and give Sharon in accounts a big old wet one, the founder of Hyper Recruitment Solutions, Ricky Martin, gave this advice: "Physical contact isn’t always appropriate or well received so I’d advise it’s essential to be aware of factors such as personality, religion and culture."

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With all that said and done, the impact of our colleague's actions towards us can't be underestimated.

A 2018 study from Occupational Health Science, surveyed just over 300 couples in a variety of jobs to find out how negative behaviour -- such as rudeness, sarcastic comments and demeaning language -- at work impacts not only the person directly involved but their other half as well.

The researchers from Portland State University and the University of Illinois revealed that not only do victims of what they term "workplace incivility" tend to experience symptoms of insomnia but so too do their spouses.

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According to the lead author Charlotte Fritz, workers who are exposed to demeaning language, or interrupted or talked over in meetings, find themselves "ruminating more" about their crappy work day when they get home.

They also report problems sleeping, "whether it's trouble falling asleep or waking up in the middle of the night."

So, next time someone in the office wants a cuppa, bite the bullet and just make it for them.

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