Would you tell your boss if a employee came in drunk?

United States
August 24, 2009 6:09pm CST
I would let my boss know if a employed came in drunk. Being drunk on the job does not look good and can cause alot of problems. It can cause problems in your performance and accuracy of your job. It can take away from good customer service skills if you working with the public. If your job is very important and everything needs to be just perfect to make everything goes as planned achol would impair you to do your job right. That is why it is so important to make sure no one comes to work drunk. Sober is the way to go when it comes to work.
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@sid556 (31018)
• United States
25 Aug 09
I work in a convenience store and no...I probably would not rat the person out. I don't know...I just don't do that to my co-workers. I think it is my boss's job to pay attention to his employees. I assume if a person comes in drunk...they will do a bad job and the bos will catch on. I come to work to do my job that I get paid for and I really don't pay much attention to what my co-workers do or don't do. If they forget something on their shift....I will remind them. If they are stealing.. ..that maybe I will go to the boss for and only if I am 100% sure. Since I work alone, if they are stealing and I notice it then it is reflecting on my shift. I have had workers take from my starting drawer before I even started my shift so obviously I am going to be short at the end of the day...yes..that stuff I do report. Other than that, I just leave it to the my boss to figure out and he does.
• United States
25 Aug 09
sid I can relate to your response... sort of I am a manager at a convenience store/grocery store I do feel that it is a responsibility of the manager to know the condition of each employee however it is not the ONLY responsibility a manager has often times I get busy dealing with other store issues and I dont see certain employees when they clock in My crew is a team and if they notice something they need to bring it to my attention because it could be a potential safety risk for the whole crew and the customers also if a customer notices that an employee is drunk it reflects badly on the whole store not just that crew if the drunk crew member does something unsafe or inappropriate in front of a customer it could open the store up for a lawsuit if that happens then the store could shut down and everyone will be out of a job my crew members know that they can come to me and maintain complete anonymity.
@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
2 Sep 09
I would turn someone in for coming to work drunk also. It can be very dangerous for them as well as the other meployees also. I think they should stay home if they are drunk. They should not drink on days they have to work anyway.
@gossipzz (500)
• Canada
25 Aug 09
I did not look at ti that way. You do have a point. It can interfere with the credibility of the job. Depending on the job. I guess I need to start reporting the people on my job. They come it to work almost everyday drunk. They just look a little happy to me. Happy lotting.
• United States
25 Aug 09
As a manager I would hope that I would notice if someone came in drunk but if I dont notice I would hope that another employee would come tell me what they noticed a drunk employee makes for a very unsafe work environment as a mamnager, the safety of my crew (as well as my customers) comes first!
@coolcat123 (4392)
• India
25 Aug 09
no i would not tell my boss or rather back bite about a persons negetive aspects. If i can help others, its my pleasure to do that. But if the same person will cross limits or do some wrong doings then i will think twice to get the matter to the boss. but as always ,i will not do any thing against that person.
@jambi462 (4598)
• United States
25 Aug 09
No because that person could be dealing with a lot of problems or could have a family at home or something like that. I personally wouldn't want to do anything to harm another's life and if I were to tell on someone for going to work drunk they could lose their job and have a hard time paying their bills and possibly lose their car or house. I just don't really want to be the cause of that and if they can still work well why they are drunk then why not let them be I guess.
• Canada
25 Aug 09
Yes I would, it's not right for someone to come in drunk to work. Having a job is a great thing it's a privilege to work. When you come to work drunk it tells your employer that the job isn't that important to you. Therefore he has the right to fire you.
@webearn99 (1744)
• India
25 Aug 09
I have to and I will. I have done it to my best worker and have no regrets. In construction Industry we struggle with so many situations where we are not very sure of the results so a sure shot disaster is not welcome.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
25 Aug 09
Great question tucker ;) If you asked me this a few months ago I would have screamed from the rooftops- ABSOLUTELY- HECK YES..I would tell a supervisor if an employee broke a company policy such as drinking on the job. BUT Since I have unfortunelty been in this situation- and was the whistle blower- who came out losing- I have a different view on things. In the job I was just let go from- I was witness to an employee breaking a few company policies but they were minor infractions so I said nothing. Then this particular employee and I were talking on a break and she made the mistake of joking about how she was flying all over our dental mobile this morning... I went along with her convo waiting on her to explain and she went on to tell me how she was hitching a ride everyday with out Mobile Dental Mobile to work due to having no car. She also told me that at times she has had to drive a company vehicle without the consent to do so on company time. Now while the other infractions were minor-- this is a majoy breach in company policy as it is a huge liability to the company if an accident were to occur in either case. I reported this to my supierior and was told to please put it in writing so she could look further into it. I did- and when arriving at work that next Monday morning I was told I was being let go due to gossip in the workplace. My boss apparently refused to believe this was going on in her department (because of course it would have made her look like she wasn't doing her job, which she wasn't) so she suspected that I had some type of vendetta against this employee and chalked it up as my revenge to try and get her in trouble at work. Needless to say I was quite upset about this and I am now fighting my unemployment insurance claim because of actions they have chalked up as gossip. So in that instance...I can honestly say that if ever put in that predicament again- I would think twice...and probably keep my mouth shut. If the bosses are doing their jobs correctly- they should notice this themselves ;)
• Philippines
24 Aug 09
Having a job is important not only because this is the source of our income but this is a great responsibility and we take accountable for any actions that we will be doing during at work. We don't only go to jobs because of the heck of having jobs, but we need to love our jobs. Because without the love of our work, I don't think we would last that long a certain field of our works. Part of the responsibility and the accountability that we have for our work is to come in to the office decent, emotionally & physically prepared for the days work. Coming in to the work DRUNK, is the worst thing to do. Not only this would lead you to termination but you are harming the reputation the company that you are working with. So, to answer your question if I will tell my boss that an employee came in drank, yes, definitely! I will tell my boss regarding this. This doesn't mean that I am doing this to have a nicer and higher position in the company, but I am doing this for the love of my job. I don't want the company I am working with will be at risk and will be shut down because of a certain employee that does not do his/her job correctly and efficiently.
@rmuxagirl (7569)
• United States
24 Aug 09
i would let my boss know when a co-worker is being unprofessional enough to come in drunk. Especially in my job we need to be alter at all times, and if someone came in drunk it would impair their performance too much that they wouldn't be able to do their job right. Things would get missed and cause huge issues at the job site.
@sehlers (166)
• United States
24 Aug 09
I absolutely would report someone coming in drunk to my work. I work in a group home with vulnerable adults (persistently and seriously mentally ill people with normal cognition) and their safety is my top priority. I can think of very few jobs where it would be okay to come in drunk. It just boggles my mind that people would.