Last week I worked onsite for a magazine publishing client in the city. As a work-from-home freelancer, it’s been a while since I’ve had to get up early and join the masses on the commute into town. However, it wasn’t the commute I neglected to prepare for, it was the return of the office tea round.
To put things in context: I drink a lot of tea. And at home, I get to decide when to drink it and how often. But last week I was reminded how it used to be when I worked in a shared office environment; I always picked up the tea round.
Now don’t get me wrong, I didn’t only do it because I drink buckets of the stuff, I sometimes just did it to change the mood in the office, especially when we were on deadline – tea rounds are great for improving office morale. I sometimes even did it to get on people’s good sides – because it helps with that too. Take it from me, tea is not just a cure-all, it’s the ultimate connector.
But on the downside, tea rounds take time, especially waiting for the water to boil or worse when there are no clean cups to hand and you’ve got the job of dish washer as well as tea server. So given that as an onsite freelancer I was being paid by the hour, I had a choice – drink less, or waste my client’s time. Making a cup of selfish tea wasn’t even an option – it’s the surest way to make yourself the most disliked person in any office.
So it was a no-brainer. I made one round, which was the polite thing to do (and I thankfully received one in return). But I murdered that first cup when I got home. Never has a cuppa tasted so good.
Written by Melissa Fagan, freelance content writer and editor
I help traditional and digital publishers deliver engaging and informative content that resonates with their readers. Internationally qualified writer and editor with 13 years’ publishing experience.
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