I manage the substance testing program for the company. I advise management in the field in dealing with substance abuse issues, such as impairment on the job, random drug tests, Breath Alcohol Tests (BATs), post-accident tests, positive results and their consequences. I also lead our Security Solutions initiative, under which we provide our independent pharmacy customers with the benefit of our security-related experience and expertise. I am also responsible for security in our Dublin facilities, managing a team of receptionists, telephone operators and about 50 part-time security officers. Finally, I assist our Talent Acquisition team in adjudicating applicant background check reports.
Making the transition
From the beginning, my boss made sure that I had the opportunity to attend training events as well as conferences, to help me grow in my knowledge and expertise. After a 23-year military career, the transition to “corporate America” was challenging. But my manager took the time to mentor me, and with patience and support, helped me learn how a large corporation works, especially one as complex as Cardinal Health. I was given the opportunity to interact with a variety of people, from senior executives to the newest, youngest warehouse worker.
A team effort
The most satisfying aspect of my work is being part of a team. I love the concept of turning group effort into group success and really believe that the best results are achieved when people work together. I am fortunate to be part of a team made up of highly motivated and professional individuals, all of whom care deeply about each other and about the success of this great company.
Many companies talk about how employee-friendly they are; Cardinal Health actually lives this every day. In my day-to-day work, I am always amazed at our culture, which always gives employees the benefit of the doubt, regardless of circumstances, and which strives to ensure they feel like they are valued and respected – from the supervisors and directors of operations, to the HR business partners and our security team – all recognize that people are what make a company great, and treat employees accordingly.