For many employers – maybe most – drinking at work is a big no-no. But now, according to Bloomberg news service, certain companies are rethinking this workplace taboo.
The organizations Bloomberg cites – Yelp, Twitter, Tello, CrowdFlower – are all high-tech firms in the San Francisco Bay area. Their practices range from actually providing the booze – kegerators, stocked bars – to tolerating the bending of an elbow or two during work hours.
Their executives say at go-go companies like these, work and play inevitably blur. And they say the idea is to treat people like adults and trust them to behave that way.
Is there anything HR people at more traditional organizations can learn here?
Depends. There are some possible pros – perhaps raising a glass together helps forge team bonds – but a lot of cons. Like safety risks, chances of harassment and other bad behavior, reduced productivity, and possible resentment by people who are trying to beat drinking problems.
What do you think? Have you ever worked for a place where drinks are on the house? Did it work? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
photo credit: Tjeerd
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