Construction workers spend more hours consuming tea than any other worker, according to a new survey

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1st December 2017 18:19 - Construction

Construction workers spend more hours consuming tea than any other worker, according to a new survey

Construction workers spend more hours consuming tea than any other worker, according to a new survey: It’s common knowledge that most builders love their brews; however, results from a recent survey are now bringing some business owners to question whether or not builders are taking too many tea breaks.

On average, the survey found that construction workers spend 130 hours per year drinking tea; that’s 20 hours more than the average British worker. Yet, times the number of hours spent taking tea breaks by the average wage of a skilled construction worker, and this amounts to builders spending almost half of their monthly salary drinking tea in one year.   

According to respondents, a construction worker’s ideal tea break is said to be around six minutes, which would typically be taken five times throughout the day outside lunchtime hours.

Additionally, findings also revealed that the “builder’s brew” is not a common misconception as over half of those surveyed (56%), said tea was their favourite beverage during break times and over one third (38%) voted coffee as their top choice.

However, brews are not the only distraction as further research found that construction workers spend other time searching for their tools. Results revealed that almost one fifth of construction workers (17%) spent up to 30 minutes searching for their tools, while one tenth (11%) said they spent half that amount of time.

Although organising easier access to tools can simply reduce the amount of time spent, when it comes to taking tea breaks 82 percent of construction workers believed that regular tea breaks aided their productivity.

Mark Kelly, Marketing Manager of AppliancesDirect.co.uk, also agreed with this statement as he said: Getting away from your workstation for a few minutes at regular intervals is likely to aid productivity, as it allows you time to stretch your legs and gather your thoughts before heading back to it.

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