A study of 1000 office workers in 2010 discovered that the average employee spends up to 24 minutes a day on making and consuming hot drinks, which over a year, is almost 100 hours. Recouping this lost time would make a significant difference to most organisations but how can this be done without upsetting staff?

Drinks Machines
How employee breaks are impacting productivity.

A study of 1000 office workers in 2010 discovered that the average employee spends up to 24 minutes a day on making and consuming hot drinks, which over a year, is almost 100 hours. Recouping this lost time would make a significant difference to most organisations but how can this be done without upsetting staff?

We’re certainly not suggesting that you prevent employees from having access to refreshments -after all, we have already discussed the benefits of a well hydrated team, but there are solutions to the work time lost through trips to the kitchen or the local coffee shop.

If a kettle is being used to make hot drinks, a lot of time is wasted whilst it boils; the average (full) kettle boiling time is 4mins 56 seconds. Factor in the time to get to the kitchen and back, multiply by the number of drinks actually consumed (3.2 cups per day average), and this wasted time is compounded to staggering levels.
An office of 50 people may be costing more than £1000 a week in lost time and as office sizes grow, so do the costs.

Kettles in constant use may also become more inefficient and even dangerous over a relatively short period of time, indeed, hard water in many parts of England causes lime scale build-up which further increases the boiling time and eventually destroys the appliance.

Imagine having a consistent and instant supply of hot water on tap, ready to use without worrying about wasted time and energy or regular appliance replacement. Our counter top water boilers can cater for any size of office and even operate on a timer to ensure most efficient use of energy. As a busy person, you’ll be able to grab a hot drink whenever you want rather than go without because the kettle takes too long to boil.

Water boilers, with their ergonomic controls, are also important for those that are less able to lift and handle kettles – ensuring that your environment remains inclusive and accommodating. Additionally, you’ll minimise risk of injury for all users, which will be another plus for your Health & Safety obligations.

Your colleagues can remain focused on their work without having to wait for the kettle to boil and everyone will wonder where their additional time came from!

At Aureo, we love working with businesses to enhance worklife for staff and clients, improve workplace efficiency and inspire performance. Call us on 0345 305 8384 and find out how simple it could be for you.

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The service we have received so far has been second to none and the quality of the drinks and the machine itself is of a really high quality. I’m just sorry it took us so long to get around to making a change with the hot drinks we provide to staff!
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