Lloyds of London angers staff with workday boozing ban

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The days of the three-hour, five-bottle City lunch appear to be well and truly over after Lloyds of London introduced a booze ban.

The insurance market has told its 800 employees that they are not permitted to consume alcohol from 09:00 to 17:00.

A Lloyds spokesman said it had been considering the move for some time to bring it into line with “industry norms”.

But angry staff have called the new measures “heavy-handed”.

Workers took to Lloyds’ intranet to air their grievances, with one asking: “Will we be asked to go to bed earlier soon?”

According to the London Evening Standard, another asked: “Did I just wake up from my drunken induced slumber to find we are now living in Orwell’s 1984?”

The boozy lunch had long been a staple of City life when deals were done and contacts made.

A spokesman for Lloyds said: “There is no denying that it has traditionally been part and parcel of this type of business.”

In an internal memo to staff, Lloyds said an examination of grievance and disciplinary cases over the last two year found that about half were related to alcohol.

A Lloyds spokesman said that the market had changed and that Lloyds wanted to attract younger people to the industry.

He added that Lloyds wanted to bring its employee guide into line with other companies, such as QBE, which advises staff not to drink as opposed to an outright ban.

He said that if someone was found to have broken the rule, their manager will decide on the best course of action to take.


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