Dear Evil Skippy:
We had a department retreat last week. During one of the mixers and team building exercises, we all listed five of our favorite movies and TV shows. (The goal was to see who could match up the most movies and shows to the right person). One employee listed Half Baked, Weeds, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, Up in Smoke and Pineapple Express. Should I be concerned that this employee might be using drugs at work?
Heck no! You should be concerned that he or she left out Reefer Madness. What’s wrong with that person?
P.S. Be glad the employee didn’t list one of my favorite shows, Breaking Bad. Wouldn’t you rather worry about weed than meth?
The time to be concerned about employee drug use is when the employee appears to be under the influence of something at work. I like to watch baseball, but I can’t throw or hit. A friend of mine loves Dexter but I don’t think he is a secret serial killer. (Probably not, anyway). A person’s movie and television preference is not a basis for suspecting inappropriate workplace conduct.
In addition, I am going to suggest that you take a deep breath and ask yourself if perhaps you aren’t missing an obvious explanation — your employee was trying to get a laugh. Lighten up.
Readers — what do you say?
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