Drinking coffee may be overtaking in the office tea round as the search for workers for a jolt of caffeine, but the hunt for a clean tea mug is still going on in many offices. Freelance journalist Caroline bullock explores the politics and psychology of the tea round.
According to research, when it comes to combating the afternoon slump of energy, office workers off the office kettle and choose a high Street coffee.
Looks like the Barista has raised the bar and our expectations, making cracked mugs and Amateur efforts with colleagues all the more unnecessary. However, in addition to improved taste and greater dent in your wallet, it is a movement with wider consequences, in particular the threat to the office tea round.
While critics argue that politics and pettiness is a solid ritual, it makes no sense in a modern office, it is a process with a purpose.
For starters, office life has always involved a degree of artificiality, in particular, the lie that everyone is part of one just and harmonious team. This is the mantra of roughly strengthened in various ways: shared values, from the days of secret Santas, to name a few.
Dog eat dog
Scratch the surface however and you may find that bonhomie is a bit contrived. Interestingly, the tea tour offers a much-needed reality check in exposing the social hierarchy and discrimination based on gender, and shows that good old-fashioned pecking is still alive and well.
It begins with a man who never makes one drink, but it has always served as one step, which strengthens your status and someone too important for such hard work. To do the same, however, and you are guilty of the greatest crime in the office life is having ideas above your station.
I speak from experience. New senior role at the newspaper, I appreciated the teas, which came on tap, feeding pithy headlines and style in time. Basking in my creative bubble, I didn’t have the time or desire to reciprocate, and realized that this is normal, as I followed the leading male counterpart is not returned in favor of either.
Two weeks later, and patience of the team has expired; tea tour took place and I was excluded. Interestingly, my partner in crime continued to enjoy a steady stream of drinks, and left me scorched and protested the stark message that will get away with it and others don’t – draw your own conclusions.
For more double standards can arise when it comes to created by mess. Wet mounds of tea bags, unwashed mugs, crisp throw teaspoons – I’m guilty of this, but my sloppy habits usually attract more comment than the similar misconduct on the part of male counterparts and usually from other women.
The attitude of the dinosaur’
Cary Cooper, Professor of organisational psychology and health at Manchester University, this seemingly simple act reflects many of the dynamics in gender and status.
“It’s really about the expectations of colleagues and other sociological and psychological factors, under the surface,” he says.
“I still notice in many tea rounds, while men may help to make tea, it is usually women that to wash the dishes or load the dishwasher.
“If I were to keep the tea round for a month, I would be able to tell who gets the best and who is the outsider, and the fact that the so-called “team” is very rarely the team.”
And refreshment faux pas may predominate in other professional capacities. Lawyer grace Bennett for services by the employer Vista remembers how at the last networking event was marred by “the attitude of the dinosaurs.”
“I went to the self service coffee machine and the man in his 60-ies stands in front of her, said to his colleague, well, now there’s a woman, maybe we can drink tea. I ignored it and assumed he was joking, but when I had my drink in my hand, he said quite seriously: – this is a drink for me?’
“If I was less sure that would really affect me.”
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Not surprisingly, where tea rounds still thrive, it seems, efforts are made to avoid potential conflicts.
The recent mandate introduced in GingerMay PR limits of tea with neighbors to end niggles at the time-sapping rounds.
Elsewhere, the process becomes more technical upgrade. Group marketing Agency is a no-brainer, tea round app is the removal of the brew-based arguments, allowing the algorithm to choose whose turn it is at random.
Then there’s iKettle, which is controlled remotely via a smartphone app, so you can boil it from the table.
Christian lane, the founder of smarter, in that the product keeps for two days a year in lost productivity physically waiting in the kitchen to boil.
Although these gadgets to breathe new life into a groove, they can struggle to compete with firms that have a Barista.
Henry offers of office space, booking firm nomad says that these services are replacing the cooler as the coordinator of the activities of the office for communication.
“The better the coffee, the more likely people will book there. To remain competitive with jobs to meet all needs, including a Barista who will make you anything you want,” he says.