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FRIDAY FUNNY: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations…And Workplace Consequences

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Facility Management, FacilityBlog, Featured Post, Friday Funny, Safety, Topics

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Published on March 15, 2013 with No Comments

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Apparently, folks have already started gearing up for St. Patrick’s day, which means some employers are preparing for productivity slumps later in the day. These will begin with Friday afternoon liquid lunch lags and stretch into Monday hangover “sick day” call outs.

Kaitlin Madden of The WorkBuzz from says that post-holiday hangovers are becoming a significant issue in the workplace. According to Madden, one survey from an Irish HR firm reported that “nearly a third of employers there expect that some of their staff will call in sick…due to hangovers caused by enthusiastic drinking during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.”

“St Patrick’s Day is a huge celebration for the people of Ireland, but for many bosses the following day is one of lost productivity, something they could do without in the current economic climate,” Alan Price, managing director of Peninsula Ireland, said in a statement.

Madden continues:

If you do plan to partake in St. Patty’s parties, we do recommend moderation and keeping the following in the back of your mind: According to CareerBuilder’s latest survey on calling in sick to work, 70% of employers require a doctor’s note from “sick” employees, 29% check up on employees who call out of work, and 16% said that they’ve fired an employee for calling in sick without a proven or valid excuse.

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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