Putting your hand up to make the tea at work could help you climb the career ladder.
The promotional power of the humble cuppa is revealed in a new survey of 1,600 office workers by office supplies company Viking.
“Viking’s research has found there is a direct correlation between making lots of hot drinks for colleagues and getting promoted at work,” said company spokeswoman Sophie Christopher.
“It’s mainly because being prepared to make the tea or coffee demonstrates qualities such as attentiveness, humility and pro-activity, which many employers welcome.”
However, the study also found that over half of workers were reluctant to offer to make the drinks because their colleagues had become more demanding with their orders.
Said Christopher: “Asking ‘How do you like it?’ has never been more complicated, because office workers are increasingly likely to specify their choice of tea and preferred infusion time or specify the precise amount of milk needed to create their perfect cuppa.”