Many people spend more time at work than anywhere else, making it a second home. Great teamwork is essentially a huge part of having a rewarding, enjoyable job. In fact, close work friendships are known to boost employee satisfaction by 50%.

In a Forbes article about the benefits of working as a team in comparison to working alone, Edmond Lau explains that: ‘The highs of a project are more motivating when working as a team. Celebrating an achievement with teammates is a great way to boost morale. If you work alone, who are you going to high-five when you get something working?’

It’s these small moments of shared success that really help colleagues to bond and feel a sense of belonging. The nature of feeling mutually understood and respected can have immense benefits on employee wellbeing and mental health. It could really be as simple as sharing a cup of tea together during a well-deserved tea break.

Positive emotions can boost employee morale, dedication and loyalty. And nothing boosts a feel-good feeling like close friendships and a sense of togetherness. A healthy routine that’s sociable like a morning tea break, group lunches and regular one-to-ones are great ways to bond as a team.

Tea drinking has been a means to socialise and bond for thousands of years, originating as part of a ceremony in ancient Chinese culture. It’s amazing to think that we can harness the powerful benefits of unity, simply by sharing a cup of delicious tea every morning in the office.

Last but not least, supplying your team and colleagues with a great tea selection, other beverages and a place to enjoy a friendly catch-up is a sure-fire way to promote quality friendships that make the office a happier, more emotionally rewarding place.

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