Happy Friday, friends! With 8 hours being the only thing standing between you and a mojito, let’s talk about a favorite topics that you may or may not indulge in this weekend: alcohol. But what if you didn’t have to wait until the 5 o’clock hour? Drinking in the workplace is something that I (until recently) didn’t know actually happened outside of Mad Men. But apparently there are a lot of Sterling Cooper Draper Price’s in this world, you just have to be able (see: lucky enough) to find them. Yelp, Twitter, and the likes reportedly allow their employees to drink at work, and as it so happens, so does my company.
You could not imagine my face the first time I saw a coworker pop open a bottle of wine at their desk – I think it was a perfect blend between shock and fascination. These days, beer Fridays or a 3 pm fiesta with fajitas and margaritas (pictured below; we also colored lunch sacks for kids who get their lunches from the Salvation Army!) are the norm. And with this knowledge, I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we’ve been nominated as one of the best places to work in Dallas… We’ll find out placement in September, but I’d say we’re #1.
In my job history (and probably yours, too), I wouldn’t even be able to consider having one beer on my lunch break without worrying about how it could affect my job. But as I’ve started thinking about it, I think that if I owned a company, I’d allow my employees to drink occasionally too. That obviously comes with the stipulation of moderation, but why not? If as an employee you can keep yourself to a fun two-drink-max, and if as a company it helps build morale, I think more companies should consider embracing alcohol in the workplace.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter!