Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I am worried for one of my staff members, who I think may have a drink or drug problem.

As far as I can tell, he is out more or less every night and he is frequently late, always looks deathly pale in the mornings and has the shakes until at least lunchtime. He deejays at local clubs and pubs in the evenings to make extra cash, which is fair enough, but his evening and weekend antics now seem to be affecting his work with us. The only time he seems to be firing on all cylinders is after a pint or two in the pub at lunchtime, which is an almost daily occurrence. How do I broach the topic?

A: You can't just do nothing. You must concentrate entirely on the declining standard of his work; don't even touch on the possibility of health problems. He is a member of your staff, so you have a clear responsibility to review his performance - but the moment you suggest that he might have drink or drug problems, it can easily get extremely messy. …

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