Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Randoms, how random are they?
When I got the message I had a pretty good idea what it was all about. Last week my DM(driver manager) asked me if I was going to go to one of our terminals in GA when I was in the area. I informed her I wasn't since it was way out of my way and there was no reason to go there.
At that point it really didn't sink in. Then when I went and did a 34 hr reset in Muskogee I was asked at that point if I was headed to the OKC terminal to do the reset. Again, no it was over a 3 hour drive out of the way and I saw no reason. At this point I suspected something was up lol.
I went in and got to do a random alcohol screening. It was kinda funny to me when the nurse asked me if I have ever had a breathalyzer test done. I commented in an off hand fashion, 'of course, but I used to give them since I'm former law enforcement'. At that point she just kinda stared at me for a second then continued on.
The thing that gets me is that I seem to average a 'random' at the company I work at every 8-10 months or so. Now it is a rather LARGE company with somewhere in the neighborhood of over 20k drivers. With that many drivers, I tend to get selected for a random quite a bit. Makes me wonder if the company is just wanting to test someone they hope will pass with flying colors. Who know, but I just find it a little funny that I get so many randoms.
When I was in the military, it seemed to be the same way. I swear we had 'randoms' every 6 months or so then. I remember one time we had 3 in a 4 month period. That was crazy!
So who thinks randoms are computer generated out of the complete pool?