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HR Tip: Banning alcohol in the workplace

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These questions are being answered by Learn HR, a market leader in the provision of HR and payroll training and nationally-recognised professional qualifications.


Question: Can we ban alcohol from the workplace? If so, how?

HR Tip: You can do so simply by making and publishing a rule. However consider the following points before rushing to print:

  • Is alcohol served in an on-site canteen or club?
  • Are important visitors offered alcoholic drinks, say over lunch?
  • Can people who have been shopping in the midday break leave bottles and cans in their locker?
  • Or even in their desks if unopened?

Clearly you want to stop people boozing at work, but you may feel a need to make exceptions for some of the situations above.

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