Happy hour may very well be on it's way to encroaching on business hours. While most 9-5ers may be accustomed to freebies in the form of food and drink, it's unlikely that alcoholic beverages make that list. For the employees of one ad agency in Boston, a vending machine stocked with home-brewed beer is the norm. According to The Wall Street Journal the trend is quickly spreading among tech and media firms in urban areas around the country. From alcohol stocked kitchens to digitized kegs, the bosses at these companies believe any way to encourage socializing among their employees is a good thing. By allowing, and possibly encouraging employees to engage in cocktail hour activities that would otherwise take place after business hours and off work premises, these companies argue that their employees are more likely to interact with colleagues from other departments and associate social activities with work.
Already we're starting to see the boundaries between work and play breakdown. Traditionally, we like to think of our work lives as a separate entity from our social lives, but the definitions are changing. With the tech and media industries leading the way into next stages of defining workplace culture, how will the merging of work and social lives influence worker productivity and personal boundaries in the long run?
[Via The Wall Street Journal.]