Companies have begun implementing leisurely activities, like arcade games and free food, to encourage a relaxed workplace. Booze has also become a norm in offices in an attempt to maintain a laid back, casual environment.
Morris Levy, cofounder of The Yard, explains why his company chooses not to serve all-day alcoholic beverages.
Creating a fun work environment through booze can diminish everyday productivity. If having a drink in the middle or at the end of the work day is the only thing motivating employees, is it truly beneficial to your company? As Levy describes it, “While it may not sound fun to admit, the workplace is a place to accomplish work.”
Additionally, some people may choose not to drink for various reasons, whether that be religion or mental well-being. With this, participating in alcohol-fueled gatherings may be isolating and uncomfortable for some, which in turn defeats the purpose of an inclusive work environment.
Choosing to leave all-day alcohol out of the office also allows employees to socialize outside of the office and explore bars in the area.
Introducing alcohol in an environment is also tied to increased sexual harassment of employees. While these two are not synonymous, a study by Cornell University found that females are at higher risk of harassment in situations where alcohol is present
When trying to impress potential clients and investors, seeing booze in the workplace can come off unprofessional.
Instead of encouraging employees to have a drink to blow off steam, employers should push for healthier alternatives such as attending an exercise class together.
Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based in Lexington, Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces.