Raise a Glass to the Joys (and Pains) of Happy Hour

One in five of us go out for drinks after work with co-workers; it's not all good
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2008 8:02 PM CDT
Raise a Glass to the Joys (and Pains) of Happy Hour
Poor etiquette when drinking with the boss   (Flickr)

Is it happy hour yet? About 20% of Americans regularly go out for drinks with colleagues after work, says a survey from careerbuilder.com. Reuters runs down the highlights:

  • Most go out just to be social, but about 30% say they do so to gossip or only because they feel obligated.
  • Only 4% dared admit to breaking out in karaoke with co-workers.
  • 5% said they shared company secrets while under the influence.

  • 8% admitted to kissing a colleague, while another 8% acknowledged generally unprofessional behavior.
  • 10% shared personal information about a co-worker.
  • Though 21 percent thought going out was good for networking, only 15 percent thought it had any direct benefit on their career.
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