The banking sector among the most tolerant of intoxication at work, study reveals.


Have you ever been tempted to have a drink while waking up, especially during a long, stressful shift? Although it is not a crime in and of itself to be drunk, but doing so in a professional work environment can be considered “serious misconduct” and could result in immediate dismissal. without the possibility of receiving unemployment. Most private companies are not mandated by law to have drug-free workplace policies, however, there are exceptions to this. Workers in safety and security sensitive sectors, as well as federal employees are required to remain sober in the workplace under the Drug-Free Workplaces Act 1988. conducted a survey of 3,700 employers across the country, asking them to rank their tolerance for workplace poisoning from 1 to 10 (1 being the most tolerant and 10 being the least). The survey found that overall, American employers rated their tolerance for workplace poisoning on average at 5/10. Broken down, female managers (4/10) are slightly more tolerant than men (5/10).

Compared by state, employers in Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey and Virginia were found to be the least tolerant of employee intoxication with an average tolerance rating of 6/10. Those of Connecticut, Maine and Nebraska do not feel the same at all, ranking their higher tolerance to work poisoning at 3/10.

The survey also looked at different industries to find out which are the most tolerant and the least tolerant when it comes to being intoxicated at work. Employers in the banking and real estate sector were found to be just as tolerant (2/10).

Comparatively, those in the civil service, charity and health sectors were the least tolerant, ranking an average of 4/10, certainly due to the nature of these areas requiring regular interactions with clients, volunteers and others. patients respectively.

During the holiday season, employers are sometimes a little more lenient in the management of businesses. In fact, 1 in 5 employers say they would be more tolerant of an employee being drunk on the job if it was during vacation.

Interestingly, it looks like there might be an exit clause to all of this: when it comes to the growing popularity of the hybrid workplace model, it seems that many employers are struggling to determine the state of mind of their employees behind a screen. Almost 1 in 3 (30%) employers said virtual working has made it nearly impossible to determine whether an employee is drunk or high on the job.

And while this can be a concern for employers, 5% of employees think it’s okay to be drunk or high at work, during working hours!


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