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November 03, 2008


Michael Maynard

Claudia, I lived through the "wild and woolly" stage of the high tech industry. It was common place to use Friday night drinks at the bar to foster camraderie, especially for the sales force.

It was a tough time for many woman, who had to become "one of the boys" to be accepted, while looking and blind eye to the sexist remarks made, getting felt up and propositioned. I'm not a prude, but I'm glad those days are gone. I would have my manhood questioned for not going along with the bad behavior. I object to having my being an employee contingent to putting up with crude and tactless behavior of co-workers.

Claudia Faust

Hey Michael, this is an interesting look at one of the situations that people love to hate HR over. Beer Fridays were common in many of the companies I worked for over the years until perceived risk reached an uncomfortable level - and then those sessions (which helped foster cameraderie and and work-peripheral friendships) went away. Understandable in the context, but sad.

I am a huge fan of individual responsibility over the legislated kind, but struggle with the murky area between those two. It is certainly true that alcohol can loosen even the strongest self-perception, but like the bartenders you mention I struggle with my role as policeman of someone else's tipping point.

Things that make you say, "Hmmmmmm...." Thanks for the thought process.

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