THE REAL COST OF STAFF BREAKS AT WORK
November 4 2016.



If you’re an employer, you’ll keep a close eye on your finances — but just how much are staff breaks costing you? Paper cup and disposable catering company, Inn Supplies, suggests that it could be costing more than you think.


The new research breaks down exactly how much little staff breaks can add up to cost your business.

The regulations
If your employees work for longer than six hours in a day, they are entitled to an uninterrupted break of 20 minutes. In addition, workers who smoke are entitled to cigarette breaks.Young workers over 16 and under 18, are entitled to a 30-minute rest break if they work longer than 4.5 hours.

As an employer, you only have to offer paid rest breaks if it is stipulated within your employees’ contracts.

The reality
A typical working day usually includes more staff breaks than those outlined by the government. For example, tea and toilet breaks will all take your staff away from their responsibilities — but just how much does it cost you?

Tea breaks
At work, we spend approximately 24 minutes each day brewing up—that’s 188 days and 21 hours over the course of an individual’s working life. In terms of lost time, this equates to around £400 per employee per year, assuming an average wage of £26,000. However, those on higher wages will cost your business more every time they make a cuppa.


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