What’s happening to young workers? Ad agency boss complains the under-30s are refusing to drink after work
Daily Mail Australia
By Cindy Tran
August 26, 2015
Many employees enjoy a nice glass of wine or a cold beer after a stressful day at work.
But a senior executive from one of Australia’s biggest media agencies has claimed young professionals are no longer embracing after-work-drinks in the way employees used to.
While it seems acceptable for young workers to have regular drinks every Friday afternoon, Dentsu Mitchell’s advertising executive Nick Swifte said he has noticed a pattern with employees under 30.
‘When we were starting out in our 20s, if the office turned on the booze you would literally sit around and drink until there was nothing left,’ he told The Sunday Age.
‘They just don’t seem to have the same alcohol focus as the era when I grew up.’
The 45-year-old, who has been with the company for nearly two decades, claims the younger staff who work in the communications industry are increasingly shunning alcohol altogether.
‘If the beer and chips come out at 4.30, by 5.30 all the kids under 30 are gone,’ he said as he joked about being a ‘big fan of getting drunk’.
‘Now the younger staff might have one beer or not drink at all.’
Despite his love for the drinking culture at work, Mr Swifte also revealed he took part in the alcohol moderate program Hello Sunday Morning in January where he gave up drinking for ‘nearly a month’.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Dentsu Mitchell and Hello Sunday Morning for further comment.