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Survey: 35% of Virginia workers drinking while on the clock and WFH; N.C. scored highest percentage

The survey was answered by 12,895 verified professionals from across the U.S.
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Posted at 5:06 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 13:32:54-04

A recent study concluded that 35% of Virginians drink while they're on the clock and working from home. North Carolina is said to have scored the highest with 47.7%.

For over a month now, millions of employees have been working from home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This recent shift to remote work has certainly been an adjustment for all.

The Fishbowl app has discovered that 54% fear layoffs at their company, a decline in synergy with coworkers has been the biggest obstacle while working from home, 62% of working parents are unable to juggle childcare while working from home, and according to teachers, less than half of students are showing up for their remote classes.

In its most recent survey, Fishbowl decided to survey professionals to see how prevalent drinking on the job has become amid the pandemic. One simple question was asked: "Do you ever drink alcohol while working from home?"

Professionals could answer with 'Yes' or 'No' and the survey ran April 15 through April 18. The survey was answered by 12,895 verified professionals from across the U.S. on the Fishbowl app and included companies such as EY, Deloitte, Accenture, Amazon, Edelman, Nike, Google, KPMG, and thousands of others.

Here’s what the data concluded:

  • Overall, 41.79% responded that they drink while on the clock and working from home.
  • North Carolina had the highest percentage answering with Yes, with 47.7%. Following closely behind were Oregon (47.58%), Connecticut (47.41%), Colorado (46.93%), and Washington (46.3%).
  • Arkansas had the lowest percentage answering with Yes, with 28.85%. Following closely behind were New Jersey (32.94%), Virginia (35.47%), Michigan (37.83%), and Missouri (37.96%).
  • Advertising and marketing agency employees had the highest percentage of employees answering with Yes, with 49.14%.
  • More locally, 35.47% of Virginia employees, 42.59% of West Virginia employees, 41.36% of Pennsylvania employees, 42.47% of Maryland employees, 38.42% of DC employees, 44% of Delaware employees, 42.99% of employees in Tennessee, 47.7% of employees in North Carolina, and 40.98% of Kentucky employees responded with Yes