PracticeConsultingFDs want a sober workplace.

FDs want a sober workplace.

Big Question: Should staff be allowed to drink during the day?

Booze has no place in the modern workplace, a sober three out of five finance chiefs told this week’s Accountancy Age / Reed Accountancy Personnel Big Question.

As Christmas celebrations get into full swing, a 61% majority of FDs revealed that they want to bar staff from downing alcohol during the working day.

And a sizeable 46% of more than 500 FDs surveyed were in favour of a teetotal work environment, compared to 15% who thought staff should probably not be allowed to booze.

‘There is a time and a place for everything and work is not the place for alcohol’, said one.

Moderation was the message among FDs with a more lax approach to a lunchtime tipple – with some admitting a sensible midday intake was an established and ‘not unreasonable’ part of the working day.

A them-and-us divide between management and their staff also emerged from the survey, with one anonymous FD joking ‘staff shouldn’t, but management should!’

Next week: should client confidentiality remain sacrosanct?

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