“Almost anytime is a good time for alcohol in Jude Maboné’s office these days.
“The 26-year-old marketing professional in Washington, D.C., says her workday usually ends at 6 p.m., but on a recent Tuesday most of the staff called it quits and broke out the drinks at 4:30 p.m. Then there was a Thursday when her bosses—some two or three times her age—started scooping liquor-infused ice cream with the same alcohol content as a Budweiser at 2:30 p.m.
“Ms. Maboné and her 20 or so colleagues have been back at their desks for about a month, and she has noticed alcohol is “always in the center of social things here.””
Sure, if you want to encourage people to come back to the office, one way to do it is to get the booze flowing.
Except this is a terrible idea.
Do you know who in your office is an alcoholic? No one? Hardly. More than 6% of US adults have some sort of alcohol addiction problem.
Chances are, someone at your office is one of those people.
Do you know how many people don’t drink for religious reasons? The answer: A lot.
Did you also know that 28 people die in drunk driving accidents per day?
Did you know that “at least half of all acquaintance sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by the perpetrator, the victim, or most commonly, both”?
No, I’m not saying we should bring prohibition back. If Adults want to drink, they should be able to drink. But you and your business don’t want to be responsible for it.
There are too many places where things can go wrong quickly when you introduce alcohol in the office.
As a non-drinker, who silently sips sparkling water, I can tell you that many people cannot handle my lack of alcohol consumption. At a Girl Scout event, one of the other moms kept trying to get me to drink. I said, “This is against my religion.”
“It’s against mine, too, but that doesn’t stop me from drinking!” she said.
“What, are you twelve?” I responded. Not my finest moment. But I’m not alone. Drinkers, for whatever reason, sometimes try to pressure non-drinkers into drinking. This can result in very bad things for your company.
If this isn’t enough to convince you, hop over to Jon Hyman’s blog, where he details seven reasons this is a bad idea–or things you need to think about.
If you want people to come back to the office, you do want to make it enticing. Alcohol is not the way to do that. Try private offices instead. People like those.