The selection of winners for giveaways on Consumerism Commentary is a supersecret process being kept confidential by the CIA. Therefore, I can only provide the results. The winner of last week’s giveaway is Jon K. The topic was the relationship between social drinking and career advancement, and here is part of Jon K’s comment:
My company has a very liberal policy about drinking. In fact, I just came home from a company sponsored happy hour. We are a small company (53 FTE) and mostly hire employees straight out of college, so the average age is quite young. Not to say younger people drink more, but I think young, just out of college, mostly single people with no kids are able to drink/socialize with fewer qualms about rushing home from work…
I live in the South, home to devout Southern Baptists who think liquor is the devilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s elixir. But you know what, to each his own. We also have a Bible study group that gets together some mornings and for an occasional lunch. The company allows them to use the office conference room for their gathering…
Anything that contributes to “good times,” as long as it’s done in moderation, should lead to higher incomes. The simple truth is, people want to do business with people they trust, people they can relate to, and people they are comfortable around. Building these profitable relationships tends to work better with alcohol than soda.
Jon K has the following update to add today:
I am at our annual User Conference now. Last night we had a live band and open bar, and tonight I am taking three clients out for margaritas, all of which will end up on my next expense report. Gotta love a company that embraces fun!
Tomorrow morning, I’ll be starting a new giveaway contest, so stay tuned!
Updated June 24, 2016 and originally published October 10, 2006.