Getting your drink on may not the healthiest vice, but it has proven career advantages. A study conducted by a couple of economists found that people who drink in a social setting earn 10 to 14 percent more than those who save their drinking for home. Office-sanctioned happy hours allow co-workers a chance to socialize and break down work barriers, which can lead to stronger working relationships and idea generating. Of course, it can also get uncomfortable if someone drinks a little too much or the professional line is crossed.
Does your place of work sponsor happy hours and mixers, or is it always up to employees to plan and pay for their own cocktails?