Weekly business rail, with office coffee tips, BBB advice on student tutors and more.

Tip of the Week

According to a 2011 survey on American office workers and their coffee habits conducted by Alterra Coffee Roasters:

- 65 percent of workers drink coffee while at work.

- The average worker consumes three cups of coffee per day.

- 38 percent of workers say they wouldn't make it through a typical workday without coffee.

- 30 percent drink coffee in the workplace because it helps them focus and increase productivity.

Coffee not only benefits employees but also office culture, according to Alterra. The coffee pot has displaced the water cooler as the primary location to interact with co-workers, according to the survey. Two in five office coffee drinkers say they have had interesting or helpful talks with colleagues or bosses while near the coffee maker.

While this pastime increases bonding, survey results suggest traditional coffee pots can also cause resentment and irritation amongst co-workers. One in four workers say there is someone at the office who never prepares fresh coffee when needed, while 21 percent said they dislike dealing with people who make a mess when handling the office brew.

- ARA

BBB Watch

If your child is having a hard time learning to read, needs a hand with their calculus homework or even SAT/ACT preparation, a tutor may be the answer. The Better Business Bureau has advice on finding and working with a tutor to best meet your child’s needs.

- Check it out. For information on tutoring services or commercial learning centers, start your search at www.bbb.org for a free BBB Business Review that will help you make informed decisions.

- Ask around. Get referrals from your child’s teacher; other parents and friends can be a great resource as well.

- Look for credentials. Check the tutor’s credentials and make sure they’re qualified in the subject area your child needs help with.

- Schedule a meeting. Meet with the tutor and discuss measurable, specific goals to be achieved and don’t be afraid to hold the tutor and the child accountable if goals aren’t met. While a tutoring program can’t necessarily guarantee a higher SAT/ACT score, a tutor can help identify problem areas and address any specific subjects where your child needs help.

- Play a role. If you use a personal tutor, feel free to sit in now and then and observe how the tutor and your child are working together. Ask the tutor for advice on what you can do as a parent to help your child learn more effectively.

For more information and tips, go to www.bbb.org.

The List

Here are the states that have the highest well-being scores, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index:

1. Hawaii
2. Wyoming
3. North Dakota
4. Alaska
5. Colorado
6. Minnesota
7. South Dakota
8. Utah
9. Connecticut: 67.9
10. (tie) Nebraska
10. (tie) Massachusetts

Number to Know

33,749: Stores that Subway had as of Jan. 1, making it the world’s largest chain, an honor McDonald’s previously held.

Tech Talk

Warner Bros. recently announced it will rent movies through Facebook. “Dark Knight” is on the site now, and more movies will be coming.

GateHouse News Service