Heavy drinking on the job was brought to my attention during Mad Men. It seems like there's always an excuse for the men on that show — particularly executives Don Draper and Roger Sterling — to open the decanter and pour a glass. Which begs the question, “Do ad men still drink that much?”
Douglas Quenqua recently wrote a blog post for the New York Times about the pressures of drinking for work. Coercion is never good, but it sounds pretty chill to make deals over a glass of Glenfiddich.
I understand the lack of desire to drink (as well as the desire to), and certainly no one wants to feel obliged to sip a gin and tonic if your boss orders it — especially if you don’t care for gin. But if the bar is where the action happens — that is, the dialogue about the next business venture — then go.
All you have to do is sip the wine at a tasting — you don’t drink the whole glass — or fake it at the bar with tonic water over ice and a lime wedge.
Play the game. The perception that if you don’t drink, you won’t do well in business is silly. All you have to do is sip the wine at a tasting — you don’t drink the whole glass — or fake it at the bar with tonic water over ice and a lime wedge.
Jozo comments on the article, saying, “I’m glad that alcohol allows colleagues to see a side of me they might not see otherwise.” And Cheryl says, “You can fake the drinking — or over eating — without calling attention to yourself, because most people don’t care that much about you.” She continues, “If it’s a heavy drinking group — or getting drunk is part of the culture — you might want to find another sort of work.”
More than 90 people commented, and they make valid points. All I can say is this is a luxury problem. In this market, should we really be complaining? Can we afford to do so?
I’d rather toast to having a steady job.