Should Staff Be Allowed to Have a Few Drinks After Work in the Bar?

Should Staff Be Allowed to Have a Few Drinks After Work in the Bar?

The second post in our series polling the opinion of hospitality industry professionals (read the first post HERE) is again related to how management handles its staff. A few days ago, we posed the following question to our friends on Facebook:

“Should staff be allowed to have a few drinks after work in the bar?”

The response was pretty much split right down the middle: half of you said “yes,” while the other half said “heck no.”

“No. There are likely 100 other bars in town. Go find one,” Chris Miller wrote. “‘Shift drink’ policies ALWAYS get abused. I’ve never ever ever ever seen one that worked profitably for an operator.”

David Davis is on team heck no and says “Never. Dont need the liaibility, nor do you need your employees getting drunk and unprofessional for customers to see …”

Patrick Kenny took it a step further, saying that you can’t have staff consuming in front of customers, regardless of whether or not they’re working. “It is extremely unprofessional, and wide open to all kinds of unexpected or unwanted problems,” Kenny said. “No ‘have a shot with me’ either. If they need a glass of water, do it on a break, out of sight.”

On the other side of the spectrum, we have just as many responses from those in favor of letting staff drink at the bar after their shift.

Paul Ingram put it bluntly by saying “After…work…in…the…bar. They are not working then.”

Bob Devine is also in favor, but with a stipulation.”Yes, with strict limit of 1 drink. Too many people take advantage then make fools of themselves,” he wrote.

Nancy O’Neill echoes Bob’s sentiments by saying “Absolutely, if you are in control you wont let it get out of control. Customers want to buy bartender a drink and they arent allowed to drink while working.”

In summary, the industry seems split on whether or not staff should be allowed to have drinks in their place of business.

If you’d like to see some additional comments from industry professionals, visit our Facebook page and as always, please feel free to add thoughts or stories below!

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  • Joseph Passarelli
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    Staff cannot drink at the job regardless of being on or off the clock. nothing good can come of it. if they want to unwind and have a few after their shift they have to go elsewhere, not at the same place they work. Case in point; I knew of an owner that allowed their staff to have a few while on the clock after a month or so it got to a point that one night the manager got so wasted that she involved herself in a Wedding she booked and started a fight with one of the guests and needless to say but the manager got fired, the wedding party did'nt pay the balance due and the restuarant closed that next month.need I say anymore.

  • Joseph Passarelli
    Reply

    Staff cannot drink at the job regardless of being on or off the clock. nothing good can come of it. if they want to unwind and have a few after their shift they have to go elsewhere, not at the same place they work. Case in point; I knew of an owner that allowed their staff to have a few while on the clock after a month or so it got to a point that one night the manager got so wasted that she involved herself in a Wedding she booked and started a fight with one of the guests and needless to say but the manager got fired, the wedding party did'nt pay the balance due and the restuarant closed that next month.need I say anymore.

  • Joseph Passarelli
    Reply

    Staff cannot drink at the job regardless of being on or off the clock. nothing good can come of it. if they want to unwind and have a few after their shift they have to go elsewhere, not at the same place they work. Case in point; I knew of an owner that allowed their staff to have a few while on the clock after a month or so it got to a point that one night the manager got so wasted that she involved herself in a Wedding she booked and started a fight with one of the guests and needless to say but the manager got fired, the wedding party did'nt pay the balance due and the restuarant closed that next month.need I say anymore.

  • Glen Fotre
    Reply

    As a customer, I'd say NO! They spend too much time chatting with their co-workers who are 'on the clock' and customer service declines!

  • Glen Fotre
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    As a customer, I'd say NO! They spend too much time chatting with their co-workers who are 'on the clock' and customer service declines!

  • Glen Fotre
    Reply

    As a customer, I'd say NO! They spend too much time chatting with their co-workers who are 'on the clock' and customer service declines!

  • Vic Parrino
    Reply

    Mixed bag? After hours after shift 99% of the time not a problem. Should be a form of reward for well done job not just a right.

  • Vic Parrino
    Reply

    Mixed bag? After hours after shift 99% of the time not a problem. Should be a form of reward for well done job not just a right.

  • Vic Parrino
    Reply

    Mixed bag? After hours after shift 99% of the time not a problem. Should be a form of reward for well done job not just a right.

  • Bryan Fredericksen
    Reply

    its funny cuz the people that say no are managers and aren't making the money from the customers like the servers and bartenders do but then you have the owners who want the place to run correctly. but its all about having a staff that is grown up and mature enough to know the difference. its a very difficult balance to find, but its very important to have if you feel that its ok for your crew to drink…. Now the way we do it, is after last call. everyone follows that rule. and they know if not then they are gone. no questions asked or answered, DONE! you know that rules. drinking is fun, so keep it fun for the customers and keep it responsible. its not any different than being on the other side of the bar. everyone still has to drive home after the doors are locked.

  • Bryan Fredericksen
    Reply

    its funny cuz the people that say no are managers and aren't making the money from the customers like the servers and bartenders do but then you have the owners who want the place to run correctly. but its all about having a staff that is grown up and mature enough to know the difference. its a very difficult balance to find, but its very important to have if you feel that its ok for your crew to drink…. Now the way we do it, is after last call. everyone follows that rule. and they know if not then they are gone. no questions asked or answered, DONE! you know that rules. drinking is fun, so keep it fun for the customers and keep it responsible. its not any different than being on the other side of the bar. everyone still has to drive home after the doors are locked.

  • Bryan Fredericksen
    Reply

    its funny cuz the people that say no are managers and aren't making the money from the customers like the servers and bartenders do but then you have the owners who want the place to run correctly. but its all about having a staff that is grown up and mature enough to know the difference. its a very difficult balance to find, but its very important to have if you feel that its ok for your crew to drink…. Now the way we do it, is after last call. everyone follows that rule. and they know if not then they are gone. no questions asked or answered, DONE! you know that rules. drinking is fun, so keep it fun for the customers and keep it responsible. its not any different than being on the other side of the bar. everyone still has to drive home after the doors are locked.

  • Reply

    HELL NO they SHOULD NOT!

  • Reply

    HELL NO they SHOULD NOT!

  • Reply

    HELL NO they SHOULD NOT!

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