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Friday Public Service Drinkies

By 26 October 2007 17

Now that it is heading for a lovely Friday afternoon, many public servants will be preparing to retire to their various dark or cramped social function rooms at around 3-4pm to knock back a couple of beers with their colleagues. The trestle tables will be out and the plug in radio fired up with a mix CD.

So spare a thought for Department of Industry staff in Civic. Their lovely new environmentally friendly building hosts a full on bar and function room with a balcony on the tenth floor featuring lovely views over Civic. The bar is illuminated with overhead lighting and the social function room attached contains table soccer, a pool table and a projection theatre screen. The bar serves the usual beers or can make you a wide range of mixed drinks.

Will it all be converted into office space in the years ahead or set the benchmark for other departments?

Or am I wrong in guessing DITR has the best social facilities?

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17 Responses to Friday Public Service Drinkies
#1
Sammy2:13 pm, 26 Oct 07

The bar is illuminated with overhead lighting

Wow! overhead lighting! What an amazing development. The architects of this building should be showered with awards.

#2
Sammy2:14 pm, 26 Oct 07

For the record, all the lights in my house are overhead, and it was built in 1985!

#3
Sammy2:19 pm, 26 Oct 07

In the interests of productivity, why not get rid of the bar, and instead have a drinks cart rolling around the department.

#4
Kramer2:24 pm, 26 Oct 07

The ABS has a great Thursday afternoon social club. They have a function room and beer garden on the ground floor (OK it backs onto the bus interchange, so it loses points there), with a pool table. The full stocked bar serves heavily discounted drinks, including a huge selection of premium Australian beers.

#5
Lord Mælinar3:16 pm, 26 Oct 07

People who desire hanging out with their workmates in social atmospheres… ewwww.

Recipe for dangerous.

I hang out with selected work-acquaintances and social acquaintances at the pub. It looks just like a pub.

The advantage of going to a pub, is you can slag off the workmates you don’t like, with no repercussions. You can also do things that could cause you considerable embarrassment at work, but I’ll leave that one on the table.

#6
RandomGit3:26 pm, 26 Oct 07

Or have a boss who buys the beers for you and runs Guitar Hero on the conference room screen every Friday.

p0wnz j00 pubes!

#7
Lilli3:29 pm, 26 Oct 07

RandomGit – any vacancies at your place of employment?!

#8
Absent Diane3:32 pm, 26 Oct 07

I hate work drinks at work.. nothing more stale. take me to the nearest dingiest pub and watch me thrive. The more I consume less I make sense, the less i make sense the more interesting I am :)

#9
BattleKath3:48 pm, 26 Oct 07

work functions are for losers.

:)

#10
Kramer3:55 pm, 26 Oct 07

Work functions are excellent…when they involve the corporate credit card to pay for the lot.

BTW – it sounds like some of you people need to get a new job, if your workplace & workmates are so detestable.

#11
RandomGit4:25 pm, 26 Oct 07

Yeah, I’m working Private Sector and everyone is younger and cooler than me, so work functions rock da house.

#12
Ingeegoodbee7:24 pm, 26 Oct 07

We factor in a booze allowance into all our quotes to cover a decent weekly knees-up at a bar, wine-bar or restaurant for the duration of the project – it keeps our people happy and we always boost it a bit for Government clients to allow for the fact that they’re our taxes in the first place.

#13
sepi10:04 pm, 26 Oct 07

I’ve worked in heaps of govt jobs and never worked at one place with a bar – where did I go wrong!

#14
platypuspye10:55 pm, 26 Oct 07

You Aus public servants are so behind it.They have removed nearly all bars within gov. sites in England but we won’t be defeated. Pubs are a plenty near most offices. Why wait until Friday when you can go to the pub every lunchtime?

#15
AussieGal8311:14 pm, 26 Oct 07

Thats bollocks, we dont have a soccer table. We only have a pool table.

#16
BigDave2:33 pm, 27 Oct 07

That’s just typical of the bloody public service. They knock off at 3-4pm to go to their own, no doubt heavily subsidised bar, all at the tax payers’ expense. What a f**king rort.

#17
sepi5:25 pm, 27 Oct 07

I’ve never done it, and I’m in the PS.

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