It’s a question that many Canadians may be asking themselves after Oct. 17 when pot is legalized across Canada: Is my boss stoned?

As it turns out, there’s a good chance they are, according to a new poll by Ipsos and commissioned by payroll service provider ADP Canada.   

The survey found that nearly one in five managers, or 19 per cent of respondents, said they are at least somewhat likely to consume cannabis for recreational purposes before heading into work. And during work, that figure edges down to 14 per cent of managers who think a toke is acceptable during their day job.

When it comes to non-managers, only seven per cent of the survey’s respondents said they’ll consume cannabis before work and four per cent will do so while on the job.

"It's particularly interesting to see that employees without managerial responsibilities are more reserved in their expectations of personal use during working hours than their managerial counterparts," said Hendrik Steenkamp, director of HR advisory at ADP Canada, in a statement.

According to Statistics Canada figures from 2016, there are roughly 1.96 million Canadians who are employed in a managerial situation. Taking the survey into account, that’s roughly 370,000 Canadians who are somewhat likely to consume cannabis before heading into work and managing a team of workers.

Pot usage is also likely to drive an increase in health and safety incidents with more than half of the people polled believing a rise in accidents will occur. Nearly half of the survey’s respondents believe legal cannabis will result in more absenteeism as well as declines in productivity and quality of work.

Meanwhile, 68 per cent of the survey’s respondents say they are somewhat or very familiar with the changes to the laws related to the legalization of cannabis for recreational use and where it will be allowed to be consumed. But only six per cent of employed Canadians believe their workplaces will allow the use of recreational cannabis during work hours or before coming into work.

The online poll was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of ADP Canada between Sept. 17 and 21, 2018. A sample of 1,000 working Canadians, half of which are managers, the other half are not, were surveyed in this poll.

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