Tea and Coffee and newspaper articles

So another one of these articles, shock horror, some public body has spent thousands of pounds buying hot drinks for their staff.

Clearly, the whole lot of them should be hanged  …

except, if you look at the figures quoted, the outrage breaks down:

From the article,

440 staff and a total bill of 70,000 over 3 years.

Assuming a 48 week working year for everyone for 3 years, this means that the amount spent per week per person is

(70000/(48*3)) = 486 per week

486/440 = 1.11 per person.

Yes, just over 1 pound per person, per week!

Outrage, I say, outrage!

Ignoring for a moment, the fact that visitors apparently got hot drinks too for the money; given the large amounts of money and the vitally important decisions that a group like the GHA makes, making the right decisions is important. If spending a few pounds a week on hot drinks makes a key decision even slightly better, then it’s worth it.

The same is true of biscuits, snacks and even meals. Anything that improves the performance of the organisation at such a low cost is worth doing.

So as far as I’m concerned, this is money well spent.

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