Drinking At Work - Not Always the Best Choice
The question of whether to allow employees to enjoy an alcoholic drink whilst at work is one that divides many managers. Is it a slippery slope towards poor behaviour, or is it a good way of allowing adults to let their hair down and form stronger bonds with each other?
So new research from the University of Birmingham adds an interesting element to the mix. It suggests that our location plays a big part and that a glass of wine in the office has a greater impact than a glass of wine in a bar.
Dr Suzanne Higgs, who led the study at the school of psychology at the University of Birmingham, said: ‘When you drink in the pub, we generally have experience of that and have learned to build tolerance.
As you don’t normally drink alcohol at work, you haven’t had the chance to build this tolerance."
Drinking at work
The news comes after it was announced earlier in the year that a number of start-ups offer free alcoholic drinks to employees. Companies such as Twitter and Yelp gave employees the permission and the means to drink at work.
"When you're working at a startup, you're working 24-7 and it takes over your life. It's not like it's a wild fraternity party or something like that — we're all adults," said Joe Beninato, CEO at Tello.
An official report in 2008 found that professionals drink considerably more than other sections of society. The report found that managers consume 3 units per week more than the average. Nearly 1 in 5 managers have a drink every day of the working week.
A workplace alcohol study by Liverpool-based charity Health@Work and the city's John Moores University last year revealed that almost one-third (31%) of companies were suffering the effects of staff alcohol consumption outside of working hours.Continued on the next page