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Drinking Alcohol At Work

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We all know that drinking alcohol at work is pretty much forbidden everywhere these days, but back in the day you used to be able to drink at work, or at least after work and sometimes it was encouraged as well.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks drinking alcohol at work can be a good thing and just to prove it here are 25 reasons why alcohol should be served at work:

  1. It’s an incentive to show up for work.
  2. It reduces stress in the office.
  3. It leads to more honest communications.
  4. It reduces complaints about low pay.
  5. It cuts down on time off because you can work with a hangover.
  6. Employees will tell management what they think, not what management wants to hear.
  7. It helps save on heating costs in the winter.
  8. It encourages carpooling.
  9. It increases job satisfaction because if you have a bad job, you don’t care.
  10. It eliminates vacations because people would rather come to work.
  11. It makes fellow employees look better.
  12. It makes the cafeteria food taste better.
  13. Bosses are more likely to hand out raises when they are wasted.
  14. Salary negotiations are a lot more profitable.
  15. Suddenly, burping during a meeting isn’t so embarrassing.
  16. Employees work later since there’s no longer a need to relax at the bar.
  17. It makes everyone more open with their ideas.
  18. Everyone agrees they work better after they’ve had a couple of drinks.
  19. It eliminates the need for employees to get drunk on their lunch break.
  20. It increases the chance of seeing your boss naked (may or may not be a good thing).
  21. It promotes foreign relations with Russia.
  22. The janitor’s closet will finally have a use.
  23. Employees no longer need coffee to sober up.
  24. Sitting on the copy machine will no longer be seen as ‘gross.’
  25. Babbling and mumbling incoherently will become a common language.

Are you convinced and with us yet?

I do recall one weekend way back in the early 1980’s when a group of us had been working hard to get a project finished and ended up all having to go into the office one Saturday.

The team boss went out and brought back pizza and some beers, which we knocked back over a few hours. It was only 2 cans of beer each, but with almost a dozen of us working that day, that adds up.

Not knowing what to do with the empty beer cans, we decided to stack them in a pyramid on one of the desks. It was a reasonable sized pyramid and we thought it looked rather cool.

Needless to say, the management were not happy on Monday morning, finding a stack of empty beer cans in the office.

When I lived in New Zealand in the late 1980’s many companies would encourage employees to stay late at the office on a Friday evening to socialise and kept a fridge full of beers and wine coolers. This was a great idea, until it came time to go home. It wasn’t exactly fun trying to drive home after five beers!

Do you have any stories about drinking at work that you would like to share with us? If so please leave us a comment, there is a form at the bottom of the page. We would love to hear from you.

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