Fresh calls are being made for employers to clamp down on workers taking long, liquid lunches during the working day, amid concerns that alcohol consumption could impact upon performance and productivity.
A survey conducted by YouGov for Croner reveals that over 20 per cent of employees sometimes have an alcoholic drink during lunch, while 39 per cent are more tempted to do so more during the summer months.
Harmless as this may sound, concerns have been raised that this propensity to having a tipple at lunch could have health and safety ramifications. As such, experts at Croner urged employers to be aware of the potential risks.
Stephen Thomas, safety technical consultant with Croner, explained to PayPer Shop the need for awareness.
"In the right circumstances, there's nothing wrong with having a sensible drink at lunchtime but employers need to make sure that doing so doesn't compromise an employee's ability to do their job and, most importantly, do it safely," he said.
The Health and Safety Commission reports that 90 per cent of human resource bosses consider alcohol to be a problem among employees, according to the Times.