HR Strange But True!
April 15, 2010

If one of the perks of your job were drinking three beers at work, would you strike if your employer then restricted your intake to a single pint and only during your lunch break? Well, hundreds of workers of the brewer Carlsberg did in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The company had previously stocked refrigerators with beer, and workers could have up to three per day, according to various news reports. However, the company decided to remove the refrigerators and serve beer through a tap at lunchtime only.

Warehouse workers say they weren’t consulted about the change and went on a strike, which ended when management agreed to sit down with the workers. Truck drivers have retained their 3-beer allotment but their vehicles are equipped with a device that checks the driver’s alcohol level before the vehicle is operational.

The Wall Street Journal did some research into the history of drinking on the job and which employers continue to allow it. The newspaper notes that drinking on the job used to be more common, but concerns about safety and productivity brought an end to most of it.

Sources:Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and BBC

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