A coffee break is enshrined in UK law, which states that employers must provide a minimum 20 minute break for every 6 hours’ consecutive work. If you work at it, you might be able to get a little more...
If taking your break in the afternoon, you may substitute tea.
Fig 1: What sort of company do you work for? If you see any of the items in column A around your workplace, you can safely take a coffee break. If you see items from column B, think carefully before trying.
Fig 2: Does your workplace have a break room? If it does, watch out for the break room etiquette.
Fig 3: But if you’re going out for coffee, you have a choice: either a) announce it to the office so they won’t think you’ve just sloped off irresponsibly or b) slope off irresponsibly and hope no one will notice. The best technique for this is illustrated.
Fig 4: How long to take? To arrive at a reasonable time period, use this calculation.
Fig 5: Is a coffee break an opportunity for social networking or silent reflection? Read your co-worker’s signs and make a decision.
Fig 6: Caught out by the boss? Don’t feel bad. Research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm shows long periods of sitting are strongly associated with obesity heart disease, cancer and diabetes.Remember the words of Stanley Green (1915-1993) who paraded Oxford Street for 25 years with a sandwich board encouraging ‘less... sitting’.