The cost of workplace coffee addiction revealed

The cost of workplace coffee addiction revealed

18 hours a year: that’s the shocking number of hours the average worker spends “nipping out” to get coffee, according to a new survey.

Honest Coffees’ – an ethical coffee supplier – data revealed that 11% of people leave work once a week to pick up coffee.

Ten per cent step out two or three times a week and 10.6% leave their office four or more times.

With the average worker earning more than £500 a week, the nation’s caffeine addiction is costing bosses £259 a year per employee.

Cumulatively, that’s a whopping £8.2billion a year or 0.4% of Britain’s GDP.

Wyatt Cavalier, Founder of Honest Coffees, said: “We know that Brits love their caffeine so it didn’t surprise us to see how often we were popping out for a cup of coffee but the numbers make quite scary reading.

“As an employer, you might not always think about this kind of stuff but when you see the figures in black and white it does put things in a different perspective."

The survey also found that men have a larger appetite for coffee. 37% make regular trips out to cafes to pick up takeaway coffee; just 24% of women doing the same.

And this caffeine addiction is not just costing employers, the £150 a year habit of the average worker equates to a new 32-inch TV or a week away in the Canary Islands.

Previous research from Honest Coffees found that coffee drinkers are nearly three times more likely to stay late at work.

The supplier report found that those who regularly drink four to five cups a day are 22% more likely to work 60 minutes more than their contracted hours. 

Comments (4)

  • Commonsense manager
    Commonsense manager
    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 11:53am BST
    Let's face it there are worse habbits to have than a regular trip to the coffee shop. Employees often work through lunch and we are all grown ups who should be trusted to get our work done without someone monitoring the time we take to do any of our habbits. It's only a problem when someone takes advantage and that can be addressed individually. I love coffee, it can be a chance for a chat, refresh the grey matter or stepping away before work gets too much. I trust they'll find a better piece of research to plug coffee sometime soon.
  • Mr E
    Mr E
    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 9:28am BST
    I would be mindful of the old saying; 'Statistics are like a lamp post to a drunkard...more for leaning on than for illumination.'
    Whilst looking at the raw figures can seem scary, it's worth noting that these are not 'lost' minutes but invested ones. The investment of a few minutes to get up from the workstation or move away from the place where we're working reaps high rewards in terms of productivity - that little break allows muscles to get a little blood flow again, the lungs to breathe a little more deeply, the eyes to break their fixed focus and the mind to refresh and reset.
    With this in mind, coffee is surely paying for itself!
  • Puffing Billy
    Puffing Billy
    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 2:03pm BST
    I usually try to time my fag break after my coffee break so my employer benefits by me only having a single break - admittedly several times a day. Luckily my non smoking / non caffeine drinking colleagues cover my work for me.
  • London Coffee Addict
    London Coffee Addict
    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 1:02pm BST
    yes but how much unpaid overtime are ee's gifting their employers over that year. My guess is it is quite a bit more than 18 hours. Looking at my own time sheets from last calendar year it was 17 days worth of unpaid overtime. I think stepping out for some fresh air and a caffeine pick me up is the least an employer can do.

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