Post # 1
Neither of which is an appealing option…..
Our afternoon receptionist came in looking pretty rough today, and I get it, sometimes we just aren’t ready to end the weekend, but if you don’t have to be into work until 11:30…what’s the problem?
I’m not sure what the situation is, but she’s slurring her words, muttering and talking to herself, hanging up on clients and generally freaking everyone out.
The president is currently in a meeting with the accountant, but we’ve sent a senior member of the staff to go observe her for a few minutes to report when he gets out.
How the hell would you handle something like this?
Post # 3
@Nona99: I would ask if she’s ok. Maybe she’s having a health issue (a stroke?) and not really drunk or stoned?? Sounds weird! Report back when the staff member finds out, lol.
Post # 4
If I was drunk or stoned, I’d rather call in sick for the day than risk getting caught! Hopefully she’s ok!
If she continues to act this way and insists she’s fine, I’d probably send her home for the day and discuss it with her tomorrow. If she is intoxicated, she probably won’t really be able to have a productive discussion about her behavior anyway.
Post # 5
@Nona99: Things like that freak me out! I hope she’s okay!
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2015 - City Winery New York, NY
@Nona99: I would just be concerned. If she’s generally a reliable and responsible employee, perhaps there is something wrong with her.
Maybe she’s on some heavy cold medication, too? If you’re close with her, I’d suggest just ask her if she’s okay.
Post # 7
- Wedding: December 2014 - 13th ~ TN
@Sunfire: +1, I was wondering that as well when reading. I got fired and was able to sue a company for that reason. I was having a medical problem, went to work taking my pain meds because I could not call in sick and it was worse than had I just missed work.
Post # 8
@Sunfire: Well….that’s the thing. She does have some health issues and does take quite an impressive amount of pain medication…but she’s usually not like this.
@LAB: I wouldn’t say she’s reliable and responsible as a rule, but her behavior today is certainly out of the ordinary for her.
Its not like we’d fire her over it, just tell her to go home, reset and lets see what happens tomorrow.
Post # 9
@Sunfire: Alright, office neighbor went to take a look. She’s currently singing at her desk, but its a quiet day and not many phone calls are coming in, we’re going to keep checking and see what’s what.
Post # 10
@Nona99: So very interesting! I hope she’s okay…maybe she forgot to take some meds today?
Post # 11
Hopefully it’s cold meds and not something more serious!
Post # 12
@Ryansgirl: …could be. You know, she’s complicated and always has something going sideways on her….its sad sometimes. So I hope today is just a one time thing.
Post # 13
we had a girl that displayed some strange behavior and was typing jibberish to everyone. it was a medical issue with her medication, so i would think that might be the case. i would hate to think anyone would be that stupid to show up to work drunk or high
Post # 14
@Nona99: My good friend John’s wife was doing the same thing at work one day. Her coworkers were concerned and brought her to the ER. They found an inoperable brain tumor the size of a tennis ball.
Point being, I’d approach her and point blank as her if she’s feeling alright. If she’s that incoherant, consider calling her emergency contact.
Post # 15
Aside from asking if she were okay, I’d stay out of it unless she were my direct subordinate. I try to stay as far away as possible from office drama, and if she’s not my responsibility, I wouldn’t want to be involved.
Post # 16
@abbie017: Well, she is my responsibility, all of the staff in this office are….but I don’t like to act rashly. We’re keeping an eye on her, she said she’s feeling alright and has stopped singing…so we’ll see what the deal is. Maybe she’s just having a creepy day or something. I know she does go to the doctor quite often because of her medical problems, but maybe they changed things around on her and its not going smoothly in transition.