Would a Friday beer cart motivate you at work?

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How’s this for motivation? A beer cart rolls around on Friday, dispensing your favorite brew while you’re still at work and on the clock?

Advanced Medical in Port Orange, Fla., has had “Beer Cart Fridays” for two years and the company’s chief executive officer, Jennifer Fuicelli, plans to keep the free suds coming, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Fuicelli says it’s a way to show her 350 employees she appreciates their work. Advanced Medical is a provider of physical, occupational and speech therapists.

“We put our corporate culture before profits, and when you do that, profits will follow,” she told the News-Journal. She says she’s following the leads of Twitter and Yelp Inc., an online directory service. DPR Construction lets employees drink wine. MillerCoors employees are encouraged to test the company’s brews – after hours.

There are limits to the drinking at Advance Medical. Workers can have only one beer, and that’s only on Fridays, Fuicelli said.

The idea of allowing workers to drink on the job creates all kinds of issues and arguments. Do the risks outweigh the benefits?

30 comments Add your comment

Josh Witt

March 8th, 2013
2:22 pm

Logical Dude

March 8th, 2013
2:51 pm

(I hate when well thought out and edited responses disappear when clicking “Submit Comment”)


March 8th, 2013
6:12 pm



March 8th, 2013
6:19 pm

If beer is offered, non-alcholic beverages such as soft drinks or bottled water should be offered too. I think it is risky to do offer alcholic beverages during working hours, but I am sure they covered all the liability aspects with their corporate lawyer before they began the program.


March 8th, 2013
6:30 pm

It’s 5 oclock somewhere.

Frank the Tank

March 8th, 2013
6:32 pm

One beer? OMG! How will they ever be productive or get home safely?

Ptc dawg

March 8th, 2013
6:32 pm

Good stuff, nice to see others that are not uptight….


March 8th, 2013
6:50 pm

I once worked at a factory that once in a while they would wheel in a keg and tell everyone to put down their work and enjoy. That was then.

The Tepid Creek Homebrewer

March 8th, 2013
7:02 pm

I think it is a great motivational tool as long as the beer is not some cheap tasting, industrial grade swill dispersed by the mega-brewers

Madea gets reassignment surgery

March 8th, 2013
7:03 pm

Beer of my choice? Give me a Westevrtlven XII!


March 8th, 2013
7:18 pm

Free coffee motivates me to go to work. I am sure beer would do the same for other. I wonder if it would be enough to keep people from slipping out early on Fridays. If so, their is your cost justification.

Barbara suuuuuuucks

March 8th, 2013
7:44 pm

They offer sodas and water at work, it’s called vending machines and water fountains. Go be sober elsewhere turdlette.

nb n poop

March 8th, 2013
7:50 pm


March 8th, 2013
8:58 pm

I was once employed at a company in Tucker where drinks were provided every Friday after we met our quotas for the week. We often had pizzas, mexican food, sandwiches, you name it. We were eager to make big money not only for the company but for ourselves as well. The weekly Friday after work drink days was inspiring to some and the opportunity to abuse to others. Regardless of all else it was a great incentive at the time and it worked because productivity stayed at its best. Everyone lined their pockets which made everyone happy.


March 8th, 2013
9:03 pm

My company routinely offers beer on Fridays after 4PM. We send someone to the store, pick up a few sixers of good beer (maybe even a growler or two), along with a few bottles of the cheap stuff and everyone enjoys responsibly. Most only have one, but occassionally someone will have a second helping. Been doing it for several years and no issues yet.

bill w.

March 8th, 2013
9:06 pm

i’ve never had 1 beer in my entire drankin career

doctor bob.

March 8th, 2013
9:07 pm

i’ve had more than 1 beer for many a year….

Dr. Tiebout

March 8th, 2013
9:35 pm

You two drunks above, into my office, pronto!

busy single gal

March 8th, 2013
10:13 pm

I have a vodka and sprite in the afternoon at work once or twice a week.


March 8th, 2013
10:13 pm

Well if Budweiser keeps watering down their beer it’s not going to matter if that’s what they’re drinking. I don’t know about this. Somebody is bound to push the limits one day…..


March 9th, 2013
4:28 am

Nice touch, nothing says “I like and respect you” like a cool one at work. Maybe I should stuff the suggestion box with this idea.


March 9th, 2013
8:04 am

WHOM do I send my resume to!!!


March 9th, 2013
9:12 am

I think it’s a great idea! As far as offering non-alcoholic beverages they already do, it’s called a water fountain! It’s not illegal to drink alcohol. I’ve been to Paris and there people actually bring wine out in public and sit in parks and on church lawns and eat and drink and nobody cares. I think we need to be more like that!

Political Mongrel

March 9th, 2013
9:41 am

It’s great when a company shows that it cares for its employees rather than treating them like a box of replaceable widgets.


March 10th, 2013
10:14 am

“Workers can have only one beer,…”

I’ve known people who could get a buzz from one beer, it depends on on your metabolic rate and other factors. There’s a good reason why most employers prohibit drinking on the job.


March 11th, 2013
8:34 am

I work at an awesome laid back company. We do Beer:30 during business hours on Fridays, and it works out great. It’s a nice way to end the work-week. Every company should consider this.


March 11th, 2013
2:55 pm

I also worked at a company years ago that served beer on the last Friday of every month. It was an enjoyable top off after a month of hard work and pretty much everyone came and partook in it. We also had soft drinks for those that are too stuffy to have a beer.


March 12th, 2013
10:09 am

One size does not fit all. Govt offices don’t allow drinking. No drinking on taxpayer time.

war eagle

March 13th, 2013
1:20 pm

Schaefer is the one beer to have when you are having more than one. Unless it is Rheingold that you are drinking. Who in the world gets bombed off one can of beer? Let’s all cheer cause the BEER is here!

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