|Quoting Aeroflot777 (Reply 11):|
My company keeps a fully stocked fridge of beers at all times. I'm talking like 12-15 crates at a time.
It was the same at the company I just finished working for in Amsterdam. Beer, wine, spirits...pretty much everything you could want. Although the only time anyone touched it was after 5pm every Friday at the weekly "borrel". And I should probably add that alcohol was not the only vice that some people enjoyed at those events too!
Having spent most of my working life working in and around London I was used to the Friday tradition of a few beers at lunchtime. It was almost expected that next to nothing would be done workwise on a Friday afternoon. In one particular job it was not uncommon for my boss to get her drinking head on and for the whole team to eventually phone a friendly administrator in the office to ask her to switch off our PCs and lock away our laptops...those sessions would go on late into the evening having started at noon!
I do remember one funny occasion when I was working at my first ever job. I was a computer operator at the time and we worked a 24 hour shift system. This particular day I was due to work the Sunday night shift, working from 8pm to 8am. There were three of us working that night, the shift manager plus two of us operators. The shift manager who had just worked the day shift said that there wasn't a lot going on and asked my shift manager if it was OK
to take the two of us operators for a couple of beers. So off we went to the pub. To cut a long story short, I eventually rolled back into the office some three hours later barely able to speak, let alone work!! I still remember my shift manager asking me if I was "in control" as I sat there trying to type in commands to run nightly batch jobs. I of course said (or probably slurred
!) that I was, but when I checked the printed audit trail of what I had done a day later, I obviously hadn't been in control, although luckily I had managed to do what was expected of me! Fortunately there really wasn't a lot to do that night, so we were allowed to go home a couple of hours later instead of working till 8am.
But these days it seems to be less of a common practice, people are just too busy to write off a whole working afternoon for the sake of a few lunchtime beers.
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