I supervise 25 people. Last week, one of my employees who had never broken any work rules before was obviously drunk on the job after he came back from a break. When I confronted him, he admitted that he’d “gone overboard”. I suspended him for a day and issued a written reprimand. I’m wondering if you think this was a sufficient response on my part.
It depends on what you mean by “on the job”. If the job is driving a school bus – public stoning would have been preferable. If the job is Beer Quality Control Technician – what did you expect?
— Evil Skippy
P.S. Any super sensitive nitwits who are about to write in to tell me that “public stoning” is excessive and nothing to joke about can just slap themselves and lie down until they are calm again. Of course I don’t REALLY endorse public stoning. That would mean witnesses.
While it is disguised in typical raving insanity, ES has a point. Whether or not your response was a good one depends on your particular workplace and circumstances. If Mr. Tipsy put anyone at serious risk of harm while he was on the job (including members of the public or anyone else who might cross paths with him), I would have recommended termination. If the risk was not severe (and there had to be some risk, even if only to Mr. Tipsy), then in my opinion some combination of suspension and formal reprimand is sufficient for a first offense. If that’s the case, I would also strongly encourage Mr. Tipsy to seek counseling through the EAP program for his problem because if you show up drunk at work — you have a problem.
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