Guzzling colleagues mean longer working hours for you: Study

August 2nd, 2010 - 1:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, August 2 (ANI): Remember having to fill in for your colleague who drank too much last night and couldn’t come to work the next day?

A new survey has revealed that this is an ever-increasing trend - heavy drinkers force their colleagues to work longer and harder - and cost the Australian economy over 400 million dollars each year.

In other words, these employees were forced to work, on average, an additional week each year to cover for their boozing colleagues.

The purpose of the study was to estimate the cost of extra time worked by Australian workers due to their co-workers’ drinking.

“While our estimate of the cost to co-workers of alcohol use by heavily drinking colleagues is large, it may represent the tip of the iceberg,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Michael Livingston, from Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre in Melbourne, as saying.

“(It) can be caused by a reduction in the productive workforce from premature mortality or morbidity, absenteeism due to alcohol-related sickness, and reduced productivity while at work,” he added.

The research is published in the Medical Journal of Australia. (ANI)

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