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Does Your Company Host Happy Hours?

Getting your drink on may not the healthiest vice, but it has proven career advantages. A study conducted by a couple of economists found that people who drink in a social setting earn 10 to 14 percent more than those who save their drinking for home. Office-sanctioned happy hours allow co-workers a chance to socialize and break down work barriers, which can lead to stronger working relationships and idea generating. Of course, it can also get uncomfortable if someone drinks a little too much or the professional line is crossed.

Does your place of work sponsor happy hours and mixers, or is it always up to employees to plan and pay for their own cocktails?

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liz26111 liz26111 7 years
I work in advertising so if you have seen Mad Men you know we have happy hours. We also have a bar on one of the floors, since we have a liquor client.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
No. I work for a county government. Can you imagine what a field day the press would have with that?
jelibeann jelibeann 7 years
we do occasionally, but we have a fairly young staff, so it can get awkward when someone clearly just doesn't understand that you don't act the same way at work hh, as you would with your college buddies...not to mention my boss has some, ahem, challenges with controlling her own consumption...makes for interesting hh as well as embarrassing work-related events...slurring is generally discouraged in my book
Spectra Spectra 7 years
We had a big meeting about this and the general concensus was that we need to have more happy hours as a group. Of course, the lab won't shell out for drinks...everyone buys their own. My husband's company often has company-sponsored happy hours at a bar and the company buys a keg for everyone...I kind of wonder about that; I secretly think that most of the people that work for that company are functioning alcoholics.
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 7 years
We have happy hours on occasion, and we used to have summer and holiday parties with open bars. Let's just say these parties were always interesting...people were getting sloshed, and I'm sure a few employees and interns regret some of the things they did haha.
Incubuslvr14 Incubuslvr14 7 years
My company definitely doesn't host things like this but my co-workers and I on occasion(b-days, holiday party) go out, and we do enjoy our drinky drinks!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
every now and then they do. we also have little parties every so often in our cafe where they have beer and wine and food .(we just had one yesterday actually but it was kind of a going away party)
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 7 years
Ha - I work for a Quaker school. Definitely. Not.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
The place I used to work for about 8 years ago hosted a slew of fun stuff. My current job - not so much fun stuff here. :(
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