Yesterday I shared a picture from my local Cub Food store that indicated their policy about drug testing and that potential employees must pass their drug tests in order to receive a job. A few people commented on the post with a variety of ideas about whether this is a good policy or not. I am thrilled to have some comments on my blog!
In the post yesterday, I intentionally did not share my own thoughts, but I will now.
I think that employers should have the right to expect sober employees. Someone who applies for a job and cannot pass a drug test when they are warned about it may not have the self-control needed to anything that the employer expects such as follow directions or follow through on a task. Employees under the influence may not have appropriate control over their reactions to situations or customers, and this is a big deal in many situations. When emergencies arise, being sober is always a good thing.
If I pay someone to do a job for me, I have the right to expect that they do their best. Those under the influence are not likely to do their best. Additionally, the sign at Cub indicates that the test is for illegal drug use. When I pay someone to do a job for me, I want someone to hire someone who is a law-abiding citizen. If that person does not like the law, then that person – a citizen in a democracy – can work to change the law. Until then, I think it is reasonable for me to expect that they follow the law or face the consequences such as not being hired for a job.
While some employers have unreasonable expectations of their employees, I do not think that Cub’s expectation that employees are sober is unreasonable. In fact, as a frequent customer at Cub, I would prefer that any employee in the store be sober and able to handle situations to the best of his or her sober self.
I do understand that readers may disagree – that is your right. I just ask you to consider this: if your child has a seizure in the store, are you ok with someone under the influence being the first person on the scene making the 911 call?
An addition at 10:51 a.m. today: So – I have read the comments and realize that I still hold to my position but that I have a horrible argument! Can someone else support my position better than I do? Thanks!