Alcohol at Work

Does Offering Free Food and Drinks Lead to High Employee Morale?

If creating an environment of happy workers sometimes directly relates to creative fulfillment and what those employees get paid, what about those who have to work longer hours?

Some companies are asking their employees to take on monumental projects that sometimes require working into the night. When that happens, is it fair for a business to provide food, as well as a light alcoholic beverage?

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that some companies are starting to do this, and it may be more beneficial than some concerned critics think.

Are Office Taverns the Way of the Future?

When you have to work late at a tech or media company, what better way is there to connect with fellow employees than an on-site gathering place to relax with a drink and some food? Some businesses are starting to place beer kegs in the workplace so those working after hours can relax without consuming hard liquor to risk drunkedness. As well, beer combined with healthy food usually blends well together to stave off any threat of being tipsy.

The Exchanging of Ideas

Providing healthy food (as a light dinner) and a beer can help foster the desire to stay around the office and take on more work. There’s nothing more stressful than working after hours when you’re tired, hungry or thirsty, and your office offers nothing to help alleviate that. Having light liquor on the job and a chance to socialize with fellow employees can get dialogue going that potentially creates brainstorms for new ideas or finding solutions to major problems.

Creating a Designated Driver for Office Goodwill

Not everyone in the office will want to drink alcohol, so it’s a good idea to have someone available to drive a colleague home in the event they somehow do get drunk. Doing that eliminates any feeling of guilt in drinking alcohol on the job and allowing those who do drink a sense of personal responsibility. In fact, the leader of a company should emphasize a sense of moderation when providing a beer keg in the office. Limiting each employee to just one bottle of beer each is a good compromise.

Respect Those Who Don’t Drink

The biggest concern for alcohol in the office is in those who don’t or can’t drink due to religious reasons or because they’re recovering alcoholics. In those scenarios, it’s best to make those employees feel part of the fray by at least eating food together after a “Happy Hour” for those who do drink. If nothing else, placing the beer in hidden glasses or cups so it doesn’t look obvious can maintain open and cordial employee communication.

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