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Study: After-Hours Weed Doesn’t Affect Performance
A recent study found that using cannabis while not working doesn’t appear to have a negative impact on job performance.
The study, published in the journal Group & Organization Management, found that cannabis use before and during work negatively influenced task performance, reduced helpfulness to peers and promoted counterproductive work behaviors. However, after-work cannabis use was not related—positively or negatively—to job performance in any way.
One interesting correlation that was discovered was the relationship between cannabis use and “organizational citizenship behaviors.” These behaviors include “informal, spontaneous, volitional behaviors that help the organization or people within the organization.” The study’s authors concluded that workers under the influence of marijuana while on the job were less likely to exhibit these behaviors because they often are unaware of their surroundings. These workers were less likely to recognize when their peers need help. Alternately, those who used cannabis after hours were actually more likely to exhibit these behaviors during work hours than their peers who consumed no cannabis at all—strangely implying that using marijuana after hours could actually be beneficial for workers.
The study concluded that employers need to move away from looking for signs of “broad historical” cannabis use in their employees and concern themselves with “work-centric conceptualizations” instead.