Start with a discussion
Take your employee to a private room.
Make sure there is another manager, supervisor or leader in the room to witness the conversation and document it.
Share your observations
Keep the conversation to specific instances of poor performance or unusual behaviour. The notes you have taken as you observed signs
of substance use will help focus this conversation.
Don’t get emotional, threatening, angry or accusative. Be sensitive and be respectful about your concerns.
Let your employee explain
Give your employee a chance to explain his or her behaviour. Remember, there are some medical conditions that result in behaviour or
physical signs that mirror the signs of substance abuse.
If your employee acknowledges a substance use issue
Show your support and reinforce that you are there help. You need to make a referral to a Corporate Health Consultant. A CHC will work
with the employee to determine fitness for work and if necessary, make a referral to an external substance use professional and help
employee enter a treatment program.
If your employee does not acknowledge substance use
If during this conversation your employee does not acknowledge substance use and there is no other satisfactory explanation, consult with
your Human Resources Advisor. They can help determine if there are reasonable grounds for a mandatory assessment with a Corporate Health
What to do if ...
Suspect employee of being under the influence
Employee comes forward acknowledging substance use
Who can help?
Your HR Advisor can discuss your situation and provide advice. If you don't know who your HR Advisor is call HR Support Services at 403-268-5800.
Substance Use Policy
Substance Use Policy Guidelines
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