Insurance giant Lloyd's of London has gone a bit nanny state on its workers, demanding that the age-old hobby of having a pint or two at lunch time in the name of team bonding and making the afternoon whizz past quicker comes to an end.
The company has instructed its in-house workers not to consume alcohol between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, in case some sort of fat, drunken finger incident costs the company dearly in the afternoon.
It's also a move to lessen internal grief. In a memo to its 800 staff announcing the move, Lloyd's said that around half of all internal disciplinary troubles it has to sort out involve alcohol and therefore drunk staff behaving badly in some way, so they've only got themselves to blame for being made to sit on the sober step from now on.
Lloyd's also says this is bringing the company in line with modern norms, as apparently loads of places are now banning the lunchtime pint to avoid afternoon warzones and lethargy. [BBC]