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Skipping that glass

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter and feature analysis from SmartBrief on Workforce Senior Editor Mary Ellen Slayter on this blog.

Last week’s poll question: Do you drink alcohol at business lunches?

Do you drink alcohol at business lunches?

  • No, never, 86%
  • Yes, but only if someone else orders a drink first, 8%
  • Yes, if I feel like it, 6%

If you had any doubts, the three-martini lunch is officially dead. Like most of you, I simply can’t imagine ordering a drink at a business lunch — even a glass of wine. I am far more likely to be sipping iced coffee, to help power through all the extra work that will likely be waiting for me when I get back to the office.