How do I know? Because they would smoke in the trucks, on the roof, or take a ride for lunch. If you work right next to someone all day, you tend to get to know them very well--including their bad habbits.Fact? The only fact on the table is that you posted some words on the internet. How do you actually know 1/2 the crew was high? Blood test 'em? On my crews if you were working dangerous gear, scaffling, whatever where other guys were depending on you, and you showed up high then you were very likely to get you a*s kicked and then fired.
Construction jobs going overseas? More like illegal immigrants working for 50$ a day-- or homeowners hiring companies composed entirely of illegals.Are you saying that their work didn't appear to suffer as opposed to 'you couldn't tell any difference' in their work? I've always wondered why all of our jobs were migrating overseas and down south....
I worked construction one summer and I can honestly say at least half of the crew had very serious drug problems. If anything, their drug problems were what made them capable of working 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. Normal people get tired, sore, and hungry. Some of those guys would go all day without food. They would smoke nonstop and drink coffee at lunch time, but I would never see them eat anything.I'm not really looking to stir-up any trouble, but they can indeed perform physical labor. I've been working construction a long time, and atleast 60% of every construction worker I've ever met gets high every day and continues to work perfectly fine-- even at extreme heights.
Shawn,I worked construction one summer and I can honestly say at least half of the crew had very serious drug problems. If anything, their drug problems were what made them capable of working 12 hours per day, 6 days per week. Normal people get tired, sore, and hungry. Some of those guys would go all day without food. They would smoke nonstop and drink coffee at lunch time, but I would never see them eat anything.
Although this article is a bit upsetting, it doesn't seem that odd. Medication has very strong implications, so your choice of hiring or firing may not be related to the drugs themselves. Example: I would never hire somebody with bipolar disorder since most of them stop treatment in a very short time. I would not hire somebody who was taking illegal drugs because they might end up stealing things. I would not hire somebody with bad credit because it shows that they're completely incapable of basic adding and subtracting of numbers.
What is the implication behind pot? From personal experience I can tell you that a lot of potheads really are the lazy people you see on TV. Sure you can smoke once a week and be fine, but what if my employee is smoking 3 times per day? Will he still be fine, or will he become another loser who fits the stereotype?
I only worked construction a few years and more than 25 years ago, so I can't comment on what construction is like today, but my experiences were more like mheslep's.Fact? The only fact on the table is that you posted some words on the internet. How do you actually know 1/2 the crew was high? Blood test 'em? On my crews if you were working dangerous gear, scaffling, whatever where other guys were depending on you, and you showed up high then you were very likely to get you a*s kicked and then fired.
I believe you are seriously misinformed about bipolar illness. Not just you, but an opinion that runs the width and breadth of our society. There are many bipolar patients in various stages of denial/acceptance just as with any other illness or even strong personality trait. When I was married I had a bossy mother-in-law. Now I grant you most men see surrogate moms in this fashion and so their is undoubtedly a built in bias. But she really was, you gotta trust me. She was blind to it.
In all honesty I have seen a fair number of patients just as you describe--a revolving hospital door with charts that required boxes. But for every one of those, I know ten patients who are doing anywhere from so-so to spectacular: They keep their jobs, they make/keep appts, they prompt their pharmacy for refills suggesting at least tight compliance, and in some cases thru reading and internet review, know more about their illness than I.
So basically the ones that are diagnosed by a professional as having bipolar disorder are as likely to not be treated as they are to be treated. Ticking time bomb.Studies of compliance with pharmacologic treatment in patients with bipolar disorder have primarily involved outpatients receiving lithium. To date, very little data addresses the rates of noncompliance in patients with bipolar disorder treated with other available mood stabilizers (e.g. divalproex, carbamazepine). One hundred and forty patients initially hospitalized for a bipolar disorder, manic or mixed episode, were evaluated prospectively over 1 year to assess their compliance with pharmacotherapy. Compliance was assessed by a clinician-administered questionnaire, using information from the patient, treaters, and significant others. Seventy-one patients (51%) were partially or totally noncompliant with pharmacologic treatment during the 1-year followup period. Noncompliance was significantly associated with the presence of a comorbid substance use disorder. Denial of need was the most common reason cited for noncompliance. Compliance was associated with being male and Caucasian and with treatment with combined lithium and divalproex or with this combination and an antipsychotic. Noncompliance with pharmacotherapy remains a substantial problem in the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder.
My step-brother was a roofer...until he fell off a roof and injured his back so badly he can't even walk many days (compression of the sciatic nerve...his one leg will completely go out from under him). His working days are over for that, but unfortunately, he did so many "under the table" jobs that his disability benefits are next to nothing. I keep looking out for clinical trials for him, because it's the only way he'll ever be able to get proper treatment, since he can't afford the surgery he really needs.I'm pretty sure some of the workers used marijuana and nearly 100% probably drank fairly often. But I would have been shocked to see someone drunk or high on the job (except maybe roofers - I doubted their sanity even on a good day, so I wouldn't be surprised by anything they did).
Might be a nice wish but, usually, the fall doesn't kill you - the landing does....like the guy who was drunk and fell off the roof into the boiling tar bucket thing. I only hope the fall killed him before the burning tar did....
As much as we'd like to legislate against racism, laws will not stop racism. If anything, they fuel racism by causing a lot of racial tension. If you're required to hire X number of black people and Y number of women, how much credibility will a black or female employee have? "Oh you got this job because you're black." That may not be the case, but realistically it could be true. The last thing in the world we want is for racists to actually have real world examples of ethnic minorities getting employed welfare by being hired simply because they're a certain color. We all hate the person who doesn't get fired even though they suck, regardless of race, but don't put specific races into that role (affirmative action) then act surprised when racism gets stronger and stronger.So you feel companies should be allowed to have racist hiring practices?