Drinking on the Job


I know that a beer here and there may seem harmless, but maintaining your composure and professionalism in a new work setting is always important. In all of my internships, casually drinking has always been normal for my co-workers. A beer after a meeting, wine during a co-worker’s going away party, and the occasional keg in the kitchen…there’s no stopping it. But why would you? There’s nothing wrong with enjoying refreshments with your colleagues from time to time. However, how you handle these situations can make or break your new position and impression in a company.8.-Being-Drunk-at-Work

As the younger generation, we always have to be aware of our surroundings in and out of the work environment. Getting wasted at the ‘out-of-office’ work Christmas party may seem harmless and reasonable at the time, but you might have given off a sloppy impression to your boss. There’s a time and a place for everything, but having one too many shots at a work function might set the tone for a embarrassing and unconformable vibe throughout your stay at the company.

Always remember to stay professionally composed regardless of where you are. When in doubt, drink less or pace yourself if you are around your co-workers or management. Again, there’s nothing wrong with having drinks with your colleagues, but just make sure to maintain your composure as a young professional by handling your intake!

~Darlene Fernandes 

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5 Responses to Drinking on the Job

  1. Amy Hogan says:

    The five tips to pace yourself while drinking in a work environment are great! It is easy to get carried away, especially when your co-workers are, but we should always remember to maintain a professional boundary when drinking. We are still the interns and new employees, and therefore are every move is being watched and judged. It would be terrible to ruin the good reputation you built for yourself just over casual drinking.

  2. Great post, Darlene! It’s hard to find the balance between being social with your coworkers and being TOO social with your coworkers, but I think you outlined some great boundaries. Great read!

  3. Adam Hegstrom says:

    Darlene I am ecstatic that someone decided to touch on this topic. It is definitely something that everyone our age thinks about when entering the real world. There is a huge difference between your work friends and your real friends and what is appropriate around each. I have found that 2 drinks is a good number to keep you in the clear. Good stuff Darlene! Definitely something that a lot of people a curious about.

  4. rebecca says:

    Especially in the era of people posting video to social media, behavior that can seem appropriate in the moment can look really bad out of context and posted on Facebook or YouTube. Managers can sometime be hypocritical, too. When I was a field organizer for a political campaign, our campaign manager kept a bottle of whiskey in his desk and would give us shots at the end of the day (or sometimes even during the workday). But when one of my coworkers got a DUI on her way home, she was fired. So following the example of your boss can still sometimes get you in trouble!

  5. pdxsx says:

    If you are really wise, you can use alcohol in the workplace to your strategic advantage. 🙂

    http://millennialnotes.com/2011/12/13/dont-blow-the-office-holiday-opportunity-or-a-strategic-tribute-based-on-a-cautious-love-of-c2h6o/

    ~J

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