Boss considers banning energy drink from workplace, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea

work 20/07/2017

A Kiwi farming employer is considering telling its workers to stop drinking energy drinks like water, saying some are drinking litres of the stuff.

The employer, referred to on Facebook as "a progressive farming group", has turned to the public for advice about how to reduce energy drink consumption in the workplace.

In an anonymous post to the NZ Farming group,  the employer said "Some of the staff are drinking 2 to 3 litres of energy drinks a day which exceeds the maximum daily recommendation from the get go."

"Our next focus is going to be on reducing energy drink consumption in the Workplace (the bloody cans are EVERYWHERE) It sounds a bit invasive but we can't help but think its an artificial stimulant that may not really be doing a whole lot of good in the long run."

They then asked people if they supported the idea or if it was too invasive, and there have been varied responses. Some people said it was none of the employer's business, while others agreed that the employer should take a stand.

A commenter said they were being too intrusive.

"They know the daily limit I'm sure. Maybe asking them why they feel they need to consume so many energy drinks may give you a different issue to resolve?"

Another commenter was angry about the idea, and said he'd quit if his employer told him to stop drinking energy drinks. "Leave the boys alone if the work is done to the correct standard then what's your problem. If I was a member of your staff and you hit me with this I would be seeking new employment!"

Do you think the boss has the right to ban energy drinks?