Work parties are a good excuse to let your hair down a bit. Not too far, though.
According to new research from the company research and review website Glassdoor, 45% of UK workers consume alcohol with colleagues once a month, and 10% do so several times a month.
However, 26% of the 2,000 people polled said they didn’t touch alcohol when they were at work events. This could be because some people are extra cautious of drinking too much when they are around people they work with, out of fear of looking unprofessional.
On the other end of the spectrum, other people aren’t so bothered. 12% of those polled admitted to having to be put in a taxi home from work event for being too drunk, and 7% had witnessed a fight at a work function.
Apparently, this kind of behaviour isn’t always saved for special occasions. 9% of people said they had been sent home from work for being drunk, and the same amount said the same for when they were hungover.
About 8% admitted to behaving inappropriately due to drinking at work, and 4% had even been fired for turning up drunk.
There’s something of an age divide, also. In the 45-54 age group, 47% said they drink with coworkers once a month compared to 37% of 18-24 and 46% of 25-34 year olds.
About 5% of young people aged 18 to 24 said they drink with their colleagues every day, and the 45-54s were the group who had been fired the most times for turning up to work drunk.
“Socialising with colleagues should have the sole purpose of building, not damaging relationships,” said David Whitby, the UK Country Manager at Glassdoor.
“It’s very possible to form genuine friendships with people at work which in turn can increase productivity within teams. Know your limits and remember that you are with colleagues, however at ease you feel after that fourth pint.”