Virtual happy hour: Survey examines remote working and drinking
New York — Nearly half of remote employees have signed off early to have an alcoholic drink or have had a drink during the workday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, results of a recent survey indicate.
On behalf of sparkling water manufacturing company HOP WTR, researchers from marketing research company OnePoll surveyed 2,000 U.S. adults to examine their at-home habits during the pandemic. Of the respondents, around 800 were at least 21 years old and working from home. The researchers found that 46% of respondents said they’ve logged off early to have a drink, while 45% have had an alcoholic beverage while on the clock.
Overall, 53% said they’ve been drinking more frequently during the pandemic, at an average of four alcoholic drinks a week.
- More than 60% of the respondents working remotely said virtual happy hours with co-workers have contributed to their increased alcohol intake.
- 52% of all respondents said they’ve felt the need to drink while watching the news.
- About 60% said they’ll try to drink less in the future.