Employers fear the effects of 24 hour drinking

New Licensing Laws to increase employee hangovers

A 24 hour licensing act will give employers a headache as hang overs set to increase

Research carried out by reed.co.uk, shows that employees believe the new laws, introduced in Summer 2005, will have a negative effect on productivity as well as attitudes to drink and hangovers at work.

Over half of all employees questioned felt that 24-hour licensing would lead to a decrease in productivity at work.

Results show that employees, on average, go into work with a hangover two and a half days a year. Given a working population of 28,301,000, this equates to 72 million hangovers affecting the workplace every year.

In addition the Office of National Statistics has stated that the loss of productivity from hangovers is 27 per cent.

These figures reflect the growing belief among employees that it is alright to go into work with a hangover, with 35 per cent of women, comapred to 26 per cent of men, believing it to be acceptable.

Those who were questioned recalled their experiences of office hangovers. One employee was unable to communicate effectively and felt nauseous while another verbally abused their employer while still under the influence of alcohol.

One interviewee recalled, “At work I was unable to focus, do anything productive and kept going off into my own world and when the phone rang it took me a while to realise what it was and then figure out what I was supposed to do with it!”

Although directors show slightly less concern, with 46 per cent believing the new laws will lead to a decrease in productivity, it may well be the small business entrepreneur with only a handful of employees, that is most affected.

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