Hi Jane,

Is ran­dom drug screen­ing a fair prac­tice or should the em­ploy­ees be given a ben­e­fit of doubt?

The HR Digest - - Q & a -

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?

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