Is random drug screening a fair practice or should the employees be given a benefit of doubt?
I am the hr manager of a tech firm and like any other hr personnel; I’ m responsible for keeping a check on the behavior of our employees. Last week, we had an employee who came to work fully stoned. I would like to clarify that this is not just an assumption but an actual fact. People usually assume that if someone has swollen eyes or acts funnily in comparison to his usual behavior, he has consumed any form of intoxicant. But this was not the case with this particular employee. When he came to work that specific-day, he was quite restless and kept looking for excuses to leave his desk. In order to do so, he kept going to random people in the office-and engaging in small talk with them. Many of these people reported to me that such behavior is disturbing them and I must ask him to discontinue doing so. We all thought that he was just in the mood to be cordial but that was not the case.
When I called him to my room to politely request him to mind his own business, he proudly announced that this must be the marijuana effect. On knowing this, I joined the dots and realized that this was the reason behind his unusual behavior. I gave him a stern warning to never repeat it in future and let him go. But this incident opened
my eyes. It is just this person who came and told me the truth. A number of people would be doing so but were never caught.
The incident gave me an idea to conduct random drug screening among the employees to make sure that nobody comes to office intoxicated. Once I do so, people will become careful and will make sure that their senses are under control whenever they are in the office premises.can you please guide me on how to go about it?