When you think of offenses that you could get fired for, you probably think of things that you do (or don’t do!) at work, such as stealing money from the company, spending all day on Facebook instead of working, or yelling at a customer.
What you may not realize, however, is that your behavior off the clock could get you fired as well.
Here are four legitimate ways that binge drinking off the clock could cost you your job.
How Binge Drinking Can Put Your Job At Risk
After a night of binge drinking, you rarely look and feel your best, and your employer knows it. Even if your employer doesn’t care what you did the night before, no employer wants you coming into work hung over, as it can affect your productivity and the company’s reputation.
2. You Embarrass Yourself and the Company in Public
When you work for a company, sometimes your actions not only reflect on yourself, but also on the company you work for. If you spend the night binge drinking and make a fool of yourself in public, putting your company’s reputation at risk, your boss is not going to be pleased.
3. You Overshare Important Information
Binge drinking affects more than your health; it can also cause you to overshare information that you wouldn’t share otherwise. Whether you give away company secrets or just badmouthing your boss or coworkers all night because you’ve been binge drinking, you put your job at risk.
4. Your Binge Drinking Is Affecting Your Work Performance
If your binge drinking goes from an occasional night out to a more debilitating addiction, your work is likely to suffer. While your boss can’t fire you for an unavoidable medical condition, he can fire you for a substantial decrease in work performance. Even occasional binge drinking is often a sign of a deeper emotional or medical issue.
Most jobs won’t fire you for an occasional drink or night out on the town. Do be aware though, if you are frequently binge drinking and your boss finds out, you could lose your job.
If you feel that your workplace has issues with binge drinking and substance abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Contact the nearest ARCpoint Labs to learn how we can provide testing or training services to ensure a healthier, more productive work environment.