Should I Have Reported My Hung-Over Team Leader?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about lead’s smell of alcohol:

I have noticed my team leader coming into work with a strong smell of alcohol. This has occurred often enough to raise concern. I had previously observed my team leader exhibiting unstable mood swings. I was presented with an opportunity to share my concern with my supervisor. Now I am not sure that I did the right thing. I feel I may have jeopardized my team leaders reputation.

Signed, Worried

Dear Worried:

You did the correct thing–and may help your team leader in the process.Anyone who repeatedly comes to work smelling strongly of alcohol or who repeatedly behaves in an unusual way, is showing indications of alcohol or drug addiction. Sadly, talking to him or her yourself would probably not have made a difference. It nearly always takes intervention at a higher level to get help for an employee or require them to get help for themselves.I teach about intervention and often point out that the time to intervene about work problems, physical or mental problems or any other behavior or work performance problems, is BEFORE the harm.

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