In an ideal world you would be allowed to make a cup of tea or coffee for yourself without the pressure of having to make one for everyone in the entire building! If you’re the one making the drinks you’re burdened with remembering everyone’s orders, carrying their mugs to the kitchen, making the beverages flawlessly as requested by each individual – “only a dash of milk please”… “I like mine weak”….and then ferrying the correct mugs back to their rightful owners. Will this be the right drink? The right strength? It’s causes anxiety all the way through the supply chain.
So what are you options?
Give up tea and coffee
You can tell people you’re detoxing and avoid the situation altogether. This has an added benefit that people are very unlikely to ask you any follow up questions. The sacrifice is, of course, that you won’t have any tea or coffee at work, but is that a price you’re willing to pay to avoid trying to carry multiple mugs of scalding hot liquid across the office as they burn off your fingerprints?
Accept your fate
At the heart of accepting your fate is understanding that you’re doing a nice thing for other people; sometimes the offer of a cup of tea can turn a bad day into a tolerable one for someone. Yes, it means you’ll have an encyclopaedic knowledge of people’s drink preferences and may result in third degree burns, but that’s a small sacrifice to potentially make someone’s day.
This is where you remove yourself from the beverage-making round system, but occasionally offer to make a round as a gesture of goodwill. You’d become the embodiment of chaotic good – you don’t accept drinks and nobody knows when you’re going to make one, but when you do they’re delighted.