I was rereading a 2013 post of ours on how to celebrate a win, and someone commented, “I keep a bottle of good Scotch in the office to celebrate wins… and the opposite of wins.” A number of commenters chimed in to note that they also keep alcohol in the office. We haven’t talked about this in a long, long time, so let’s discuss, ladies — do you keep alcohol in the office? Do you drink by yourself if you’re working late, save it for professional celebrations and disappointments, or something else?
For my $.02: Although I’m definitely not a stranger to alcohol (cough, cough), I remember being shocked when an old colleague mentioned she kept a bottle of whiskey at work for when she was working late. At the time, this went against one of my own personal rules for drinking (never drink alone), and it also just seemed strange to me. After all, if you’re so in need of taking the edge off, maybe just go home and have a drink, or a hot bath, or something else to turn a bad day around?
That said, obviously the Don Drapers of the world kept a ton of liquor in their office. And, I can definitely see it being a lovely offer to make to teams you’re leading if there’s been a professional win that doesn’t merit a full lunch out or other celebration… although I’d hope you’d have something equally “fancy” for the non-drinkers. (We rounded up a bunch of ideas in our Dry January post; the nonalcoholic Seedlip Liquor might be a splurgey, shelf-stable option to have on hand for non-drinkers.)
Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts — do you keep alcohol or liquor in the office? Would you think it strange if someone offered you a nice glass of Scotch or something else to celebrate a win? (How much do you think #metoo-type considerations are affecting your answers here?)
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