RE: Writing / Drug Tests

Subject: RE: Writing / Drug Tests
From: Emru Townsend <etownsen -at- Softimage -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2000 16:49:56 -0400

Andrew, I know your usual tack is to argue using hyperbole, but sometimes
you've just got to rein it in.

You say,

> > > It is a two way street. If you respect your company they
> will respect
> > > you. If
> > >you treat all corporations as inherently evil, they will
> treat you like
> crap.
> > >Who started this little vicious circle - it doesn't
> matter. Somebody has to
> > >stop it.

...but you then proceed to assume that *any* problem or grievance we may
have is purely the employee or prospective employee's desire to get by
without doing a lick of work. Sorry, but I don't buy that, and frankly it's
insulting to those of us who put a lot into our work and have, in the past,
had legitimate grievances.

Look, it's really simple. I don't give a damn what a company's motivation
is, personal questions have nothing to do with job performance. Even
testing for drug use is only valid in environments where a slip-up could
cost lives; or are you forgetting that a good many contributions to art and
science throughout history have been alcoholics and/or drug addicts?

I can easily think of five acquaintances who consistently interview
brilliantly, then proceed to screw up once on the job. They don't drink
excessively or use any kind of dope. I can name more people who have no
aversion to some recreational drugs, and perform brilliantly at their jobs.
The supposed correlation is absurd.

The work is the key. Employers should set clear (and reasonable)
objectives, and employees should meet them. When that fails, then there's
(quite rightly) friction.

Emru Townsend, Information Developer | etownsen -at- softimage -dot- com
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