Where alcohol policy meets the 3 martini lunch?
December 10, 2012 10:20 AM Subscribe
How to enforce a drug free / alcohol free workplace policy when executives drink with clients during the workday? What does your company do?
posted by falldownpaul to Work & Money (28 answers total)
I work in HR at a large US employer. Almost all of our employees (300+) are hourly factory workers. We have a very small staff of salaried office professionals.
For many years, we have enforced a drug and alcohol free workplace policy *in the plant* for all hourly employees. This policy is fairly standard, boilerplate stuff and has worked well for us. It states that being at work under the influence of alcohol, consuming alcohol during work, etc. are violations.
Our salaried staff is tiny, but growing, and we would like to extend the policy to cover both hourly and salaried employees.
The problem: our execs and high-level sales managers do sometimes entertain clients and business guests... and having a drink or two during a business lunch/dinner is common practice.
These same executives often golf with clients during the workday - again consuming alcohol.
We do not know how to reconcile a workplace policy against alcohol consumption while at the same time permitting business-related social drinking (requiring them to abstain is not an option).
I am sure that companies deal with this all the time -- but how?