Average Worker Hungover Three Times a Month
The average British employee goes to work with a hangover three times a month, research by charity Drinkaware has revealed.
The poll of more than 1,000 employees also found that of those who have had hangovers at work, 17% confessed that it had a negative impact on their performance, and seven% have had to leave early because they felt too ill to carry on.
Drinkaware chief executive, Chris Sorek, said employers needed to set out a clear alcohol policy for staff so that people understood what was acceptable ― ideally before the World Cup starts on 11 June, as staff may be tempted to overindulge during the tournament.
“An international sporting event like the World Cup will inevitably capture the attention of the nation and is a great time for people to come together, but hangovers at work are likely to increase,” he said.
As employers have a duty of care towards staff, intoxicated or heavily hungover workers could be asked to go home, added Sorek, particularly if they were being disruptive or risked causing an accident.
“Incidents should be investigated thoroughly, in case there are underlying reasons for poor behaviour at work,” he added.
HR firm Purple Line Consulting’s director, Hilary Jeanes, said that employers needed to take a common sense approach if they suspected staff of being heavily hungover.
“Clearly, if your employee is responsible for driving, or using equipment, then you need to take a tough line. But the best approach is to make people aware of their responsibilities. The law requires you to deal with employees in a supportive, not punitive way, so the first step is to speak to somebody informally if you feel that they’re not behaving appropriately. If things continue, then it may become a disciplinary process with a warning issued.”