Only six per cent of employed Canadians believe their organizations
will allow the use of cannabis (marijuana) for recreational purposes
during work hours or before coming into work, according to a survey from
Ipsos, commissioned by ADP Canada.
However, managers (10 per cent) are much more likely to say it will
be allowed than employees without managerial responsibilities (two per
And nearly one in five managers (19 per cent) said they are at least
somewhat likely to consume cannabis for recreational purposes before
going to work, while 14 per cent said it’s at least somewhat likely they
will consume cannabis during work hours — compared to non-managers,
where only seven per cent said they will likely use cannabis before
work, and four per cent said they will use it during work.
Another cause of the disconnect between managers and employees stems
from their understanding of formal policies and guidelines surrounding
the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, found ADP.
While 75 per cent of managers said they are aware of such policies in
their places of employment, only 64 per cent of non-managers said the
same — with a further 17 per cent saying they do not believe their
workplace has specified policies or guidelines to regulate drug and
And while 36 per cent of managers said their organizations are
introducing or revising their workplace policies and guidelines because
of the impending legalization of recreational cannabis, only 13 per cent
of non-managers said this is happening in their workplace — with nearly
half (49 per cent) saying they are unsure if their policies and
guidelines are being updated or revised, found the survey of 1,000
working Canadians (500 of whom are managers, 500 of whom are not).
“Managers need to have detailed, informed and thorough conversations
with employees about what constitutes acceptable behaviour in the
workplace when it comes to cannabis” said Hendrik Steenkamp, director,
HR advisory, at ADP Canada.
“Having these conversations early on will help to set clear
expectations on both sides and reduce the chance for any negative impact
on workplace performance and productivity.”
- Both managers and non-managers said they expect to see an
increase in health and safety incidents (56 per cent managers, 53 per
cent non-managers) and absenteeism (43 per cent managers, 37 per cent
- Both managers and non-managers expect to see a decrease in
productivity (45 per cent managers, 48 per cent non-managers) and
quality of work (43 per cent managers, 44 per cent non-managers).