Drinking at work – what would you do?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think you have to just let this one go.  I know what they did isn’t right but you do not have much recourse considering your boss is incompetent and the doctors and department managers do not want to go over his head.  You will end up becoming the victim of bullying if you turn them in and what’s the point?   You said it yourself their actions will face little to no consequences.  I’d just move on and let it go.

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would email the office manager and copy the physicians. Although they may not be involved in direct patient care, their actions have the potential for harm nevertheless. The physicians also have a huge liability issue with staff drinking on the job.

 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

hesitantBee:  it’s over, it’s done with. If you expect that your boss will be lax about the whole situation then there’s no point in saying anything. If you snitch it will only make it more awkward for you to work with them.

BTW I work in a doctor’s office too and I can attest to the fact that there’s nothing that pisses them off more than a complaint that has nothing to do with them directly!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Man, I’m torn. I work in a medical office very similar to the one you have mentioned, only my boss is more involved. I wouldn’t say a word. Since there was no risk that the patient’s were actually harmed I think you should save yourself and say nothing. (This would be different if they were nurses prescribing medication or medical assistants giving shots or something. That’s legally f’d up.) Even though the principle of the issue is they are idiots and this is incredibly irresponsible, your boss doesn’t seem to care much and you don’t want to become a target in the office.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Honestly, I wouldn’t say anything – this time.  If it happens again then yeah, bring it up to the manager.  I’ve never been drunk off Irish cream or tequila fruit salad.  Not even a little.  They probably just wanted to feel like they were cutting loose.  It’s SO different than if they were drinking wine out of pepsi cups or taking shots in the bathroom.  But if it happens again, I’d alert the office manager – not in a way that sounds like you’re complaining, just in a “did you know this is happening” kind of way.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m torn.  Your workplace sounds great and I’d hate to be the one that rocked the boat.  However, I’m sure the Dr.s didn’t think that drinking on the job entererd the realm of possible behavior.  I mean what if these wonderful ladies had wrapped their cars around a tree on their way home from drinking on the job? or hit a bus full of kids?  What if some of the patients complained about being seen by some drunk person?  I think I would email the office manager, CC the dr.’s and tell them that a patient mentioned something to you on her/his way out from their appointment and you managed to just thought they were crazy but after thinking about it all weekend you thought you should mention something to someone in authority.  That way you have your documentation and a cover story. 

Unless your motivation is soley to stick it to the bully.  Then I’d keep my mouth shut. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Unless you think they are risking harm to themselves, or the paitents, or possibly not able to complete the tasks involved in doing their job, I’d keep it to myself.  Otherwise, you just look like a tattletale.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I worked in a doctor’s office similar to this. The problem was that the head doctor was WAY too involved in the details, and steadily micromanaged everyone. The boss was lackidaisical, but she would not let major errors and problems fly. In this situation, I would keep it to myself. You would not be told on as you did not participate and no one else knows. You would just become subject to the bullying with no end in sight. They were not involved in direct patient care. It is also difficult to prove that they actually did it. Just because they planned to do it, does not mean that they did it. So to a certain extent it would be your word against theirs. I think that it is best to let it go. Your boss would not have your back, and no one else can confirm what you know. The doctors also do not want to be involved either. I get that the office could suffer if some sort of scandal happened, but it has not happened, and there are just too many reasons why you would only be harmed by bringing this up.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

hesitantBee:  I would let it go if it doesn’t become more than a one time thing. Ultimately, they will get caught on their own if it continues. Unless they are engaging in behavior that could be dangerous to patients I wouldn’t say anything because I care more about my own job.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would bake them an ex lax cake. Bunch of morons. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Is there a way you could talk to the office manager in a way that’s like “Hey, so just want to clarify, there should be no drinking on the job, right?  Because my friend who works for a dentist said that a receptionist came in with some vodka and was fired…” Or some similar story.  Phrase it like a similar situation happened and you’re curious about what the office policy is.  And then maybe try to get the manager to send out a notice.

I don’t like the idea of inaction.  Maybe I don’t get it, but drinking on the job should have some form of repercussion.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

i like Julies idea, but you have a better idea of how that would go over with the doctors.

There is potential for patient harm, not in the same way if they were taking care of them medically, but I’ve had a phone message about another patient before by the office staff, have had screwed up appointments, etc.  If they gave anyone incorrect information, it does start to impact the doctors as well.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I can’t believe how many people are saying to just let this go!

I’d email the office manager and BCC the physicians.

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Horseradish:  I am shocked at the number of people who think they have no obligation to report. 

To those of you who want to do nothing: I just hope the office staff at your doctor’s office is not drinking on the job. The clerks are the ones who look at test results and are supposed to give any abnormal results to the doctor. Just imagine the problems that could ensue if a clerk with a buzz on files an abnormal result.

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