Should You Drink At Work or Networking Events?


There are some really great studies on the Internet about drinking that help me feel wonderful about myself every day. Being that I am a woman, one of favorite studies is about red wine and heart health.

There’s another study that suggests tequila lowers my blood sugar.

For instance, this study that you’ve probably seen circulating around the web, which I like to reference when I start drinking an hour before I leave work for the day.

As you can see from the screenshot below, beer in moderation can make you more creative at work and kickstart your brain into coming up with great ideas.

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When it comes to studies like this one about whether or not you should drink alcoholic beverages there’s an abundance. There aren’t as many helpful studies when it comes to deciding if you should let drinking be a part of your workplace.

Here at Staffing Robot, we have to be creative all day and we must be honest: it’s very possible that beer was involved in our creative process at some point.

Beyond a few drinks around the office, we go to happy hour with our team. We invite other companies to our HQ for drinks and food.

We’ve decided it’s OK to imbibe at work and there haven’t been any negative consequences yet.

More and more we are seeing companies with kegerators and bars in their offices. But is this just because we work in tech? Or because we like pretending we’re as stylish as the characters on “Mad Men?”

We don’t think so.

Historically alcoholic beverages were used for pleasure, nutrition, medicine, ritual, payment of services, and always as a social lubrication and we’re seeing a gravitation toward the return of workplace imbibing.

Sure it got a little out of hand during the “three-martini lunch” days but we can probably agree that drinking midday at work is old hat.


We’ve already witnessed staffing and recruiting companies sponsoring networking events at pubs and we’ve even attended parties thrown by staffing companies at bars.

Do you think any industry can imbibe together? Or is drinking in the work place reserved for tech companies or startups?

Want to have happy hour with us? Great! Contact us at! We meet up with companies every month in Portland. 

Header imagevia picabay. “Mad Men Season 4” via is licensed under CC BY 2.0.



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