This Massive Financial Institution Is Banning Workers From Drinking During The Day

An internal memo has leaked online

While most of us manage to get by without a drink between 9 and 5 in the workplace, city workers have an infamous schmoozing and boozing culture with clients.

But that may be coming to an end, as Lloyd's of London has introduced a drinking ban during the day which could result in employees being fired for gross misconduct if breached, according to an internal memo leaked to the Evening Standard.

The historical financial institution found that "roughly half" of grievance and disciplinary cases within the company over the last two years were linked to excessive drinking.

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However, workers at the company - according to the paper - have criticised the "heavy handed" decision in a series of comments on the internal intranet.

Apparently one incensed worker asked: "Will we be asked to go to bed earlier soon?", while another added: "Did I just wake up from my drunken drug induced slumber to find we are now living in Orwell's 1984?

"Lloyd's used to be a fun place to work. Now it is the PC capital of the world where you can't even go out for a lunchtime pint anymore."

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The ban is part of an HR policy review, which will be introduced tp the Employee Guide.

The leaked Lloyd's memo reads: "The London market historically had a reputation for daytime drinking but that has been changing and Lloyd's has a duty to be a responsible employer, and provide a healthy working environment. The policy we've introduced aligns us with many firms in the market.

"Drinking alcohol affects individuals differently. A zero limit is therefore simpler, more consistent and in line with the modern, global and high performance culture that we want to embrace."

"After work, if you are representing Lloyd's, but no business is being conducted, you can have an alcoholic drink and the onus remains on you to be professional at all times."

A spokesperson from Lloyd's add the to the London newspaper: "Our employee guidance was recently updated and provided clarification on the Corporation's position on drinking alcohol during the working day, which is prohibited."