Does Rob Ford Work for You?

You know who he is … the Mayor of Toronto, who first said he didn’t smoke crack, and then said he did, and then he only broke the law because he was so drunk he didn’t know what he was doing.  Nice guy.  Now, he says any ordinary guy might do this when he is drunk, so it is okay to break the law, and by the way, he wants to run for re-election and then higher office.  It doesn’t matter what his politics are … I wouldn’t want my kids looking to him as a leader to be admired. 

Now, what if Rob Ford works for your company?  And what if he did this on a Tuesday night and missed work on Wednesday because he was too hungover and somehow, someway, he found himself on the front page of your local paper because of getting in an accident or being stopped for DUI or whatever?

Do you want Rob Ford driving your company trucks or going to a commercial store front install, or to Mrs. Hastings’ house to set up a shower door?  Heck no!  It doesn’t matter that his transgressions were only on a weekend if they affect your business on Monday when he is unable to safely do his job.  Let’s be honest, we all have been drunk at one time or another, or we’ve eaten too many peanut butter cups, or whatever.  But when this action affects a business or a co-worker, you have to step in.  You must.  If you look the other way, the rest of your employees will have less respect for you and the company.

There are two broad policies to consider: employment drug and alcohol testing, and reasonable cause testing on the job.  My long-time readers know I am in favor of both and strongly urge all companies to go in this direction.  Pre-employment is just that … pass the test and we can hire you; don’t pass it and apply somewhere else.  There are more details than that, but let’s cover this area in another blog.

Reasonable cause testing is triggered after an event such as:

  • Observation by one or more managers of erratic behavior;
  • A traffic accident in one of your vehicles; or
  • A workplace accident.

You can’t just start a program without consulting your union if you have one, and without serious planning and training of your supervisory staff.  The hardest part of a reasonable cause testing program is:  What happens when there is a positive test?  Immediate termination?  Suspension? A rehabilitation program?

I’ll go more into these questions next week, as my own addiction to turkey and stuffing returns.

2 thoughts on “Does Rob Ford Work for You?

  1. Rob Ford has never been drunk on the job and does his job competently. What he does after hours has no bearing on his work. You are incorrectly assuming it does.

    What he does do is care about his work. He is a small business person and completely knows the value of strong work ethic, customer service and keeping an eye on costs.

    I think he would make a pretty good employee. A bit too fat for manual labor, but pretty committed to what he does.

  2. As a Canadian, I can’t get enough Rob Ford especially the late night bits. I’m hooked. Bottom line though is that he is an embarrassment for Toronto and Canada. Personally, I feel he needs to step aside and get help or he is going to die or end up in jail. A lot of people on both sides of political spectrum feel he’s doing a great job.

    I strongly disagree however the only positive I can see from this is that we live in a country that is free enough that the mayor of our largest city can smoke crack cocaine with Somalian drug dealers (one who ends up getting murdered) and allegedly break other laws and be able to stay in office.

    People are getting tired of hearing about him up here so he’s basically weathered the storm. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the long term. If he survives, then he is a buffoon but gotta give him credit. I’m happy I don’t live in Toronto. Zing!

    If you haven’t seen the Rob Ford The Movie parody YouTube video with Chris Farley clips, you have to check it out http://youtu.be/RUY6lDja-DE

    Keep up the great job Paul. Loving the book.

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