Orange workers ducking out for coffee are contributing to a huge loss in productivity that's costing businesses thousands of dollars a year.
Those busy-body researchers with nothing else to do say 65 per cent of office workers spend at least 10 minutes a day on each coffee break while the average daily ritual trip to the coffee shop takes about 14 minutes.
But workers reckon the short breaks are making them more efficient while the researchers say the caffeine helps improve memory and concentration as well as reducing the number of mistakes workers make and the short breaks are absolutely essential because our brains need that valuable little rest.
It's often in the coffee breaks when we get our creative ideas.
There's no doubt Orange people are dependent on coffee and they've got dozens of places where they can get a mug or two of moccha or cappuccino they say helps make a long working day more bearable.
So if Orange businesses want to save the time it takes their employees to walk to a coffee shop they'll have to fork out a few dollars to buy one of those machines that can fire up their staff's daily infusion and then they can reap the benefits of the coffee break.
On the other side of the coin, what's the cost to employers of workers ducking out for a smoke several times a day?
WILDEST ROAD IN TOWN
You can only wonder why the City Council approved the Woolworths petrol station at the Fiveways.
The council bought the former empty premises there, rezoned the land and then sold it on to Woollies, acting as agents for the supermarket.
But it's a miracle there hasn't been a monumental crash in William Street with idiots still queuing in the street waiting to get into the petrol station.
Cars making a left turn from Summer Street find their way blocked and one day they're not going to be able to stop and that will be it.
What makes things more dangerous is the way drivers accelerate over the railway line and race up through the Fiveways like there's no tomorrow.
It's probably the wildest section of road anywhere in Orange and certainly one where pedestrians take their life in their own hands trying to cross from one side to the other every day of the week.
THE BEST SHOW ON OUR SCREENS
The best travel-tourism show starts Saturday on TV so if you want to see a big part of Europe at its best, tune in to the SBS coverage of the Tour de France each night.
You get an amazing birds-eye view of the countryside and the Alps, the villages and towns and the 12th century castles and churches as the cameras and a helicopter follow the cyclists through 3,417.5km of France.
There's eight flat stages, one hilly stage, 10 mountain stages, four described as medium mountain stages, two individual time trials, and two rest days.
There's only 15km outside the French borders in Spain on stage 16 between Carcassonne and Bagnères-de-Luchon so there's lots of France to see.
The race finishes in traditional style with a sprint down the Champs-Élysées in Paris on July 18.
It doesn't matter if you're not a cycling fan, the scenery is amazing and far better TV than some of the rubbish dished up.
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