It’s not just the work you do in the office that counts: What goes on after hours makes all the difference to productivity and morale in a workplace.
Once upon a macho time, promotions were won and lost on golf courses and in squash-club locker rooms. In 1960s advertising land, all serious work had to be done in the morning because of the number of martinis that were consumed over lunch while entertaining clients—or merely gabbing with their colleagues.
Workplace socializing is a curious beast. Many studies have consistently shown that a social workplace is a productive workplace with happier, healthier and more motivated staff. While workday boozing in the West now usually happens after hours, you may have an evening session of bowling, poker or Frisbee in the park planned instead of taking up a whole corner of your local speakeasy with the sole intent of getting sloshed and gossiping about your boss.
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