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Lunchtime Drink

Looking through pictures of Lisa and me relaxing with trainees at the end of the day, I spotted wine and beer in the pictures. And yet just last week a customer asked me "do you ever have a drink, Graham?" because it's so rare to see me with a glass in my hand.

I used to train under contract in a larger training centre. Another contractor there used to leave his class at the training centre at lunchtime in the care of the office staff and pop across the road for a quick Whiskey (and perhaps a pint as well). And I felt that this was extraordinarily bad form. I can't question his ability to train - he always got excellent reviews at the end of the course - but somehow I couldn't condone the smell of alcohol on his breath after lunch.

The view of lunchtime drinking in the IT business seems to have toughened over the years. I can recall a drawing office team who were learning Solaris Admin to look after an Autocad system complaining loudly that their bosses had just banned the pub at lunchtime "like they have done for the drivers of our vehicles", and I felt my sympathys with the bosses rather than the work team. "Liquid lunches" as a regular routine at some companies seem to have become less common, and the liquid is now more likely to be a Coke than a bitter, now helped down by a meal rather than by a packet of crisps.

Very occasionally, we take our class to a pub at lunchtime - it tends to be on the first day of a long course where we can afford a full hour for lunch and want to make the group of separate individuals from up to 7 companys bond. We provide (buy) the food, and we'll also buy one drink per person. Only very occasionally do people choose something alcoholic, and the tutor's drink is always a Coke, or perhaps an Orange Juice and Lemonade if we're really splashing out. Quite simply, I'm convinced that drinking and training don't mix.
(written 2005-02-20, updated 2008-05-16)

 
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