3 edition of How to help employees in trouble with alcohol or other drugs (Workplace series) found in the catalog.
How to help employees in trouble with alcohol or other drugs (Workplace series)
Kathleen Joan Papatola
by Johnson Institute
Written in English
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Help employees before it hurts your business Discussion of drug and alcohol policy can yield a number of responses. For the non-drinker or someone who has lost a loved one due to another’s abuse, the topic commands respect. The social drinker cautiously evaluates the comparison of alcohol with the use of illicit drugs and is turned away by an overzealous approach. a workplace-based program to help people with alcohol and other drug problems in an effort to enhance the welfare of the individual worker is known as member assistance programs (MAPs) a yellowing of the skin is referred to as.
Given the relative low base rate of alcohol and other drug abusers in the employed segment of the work force compared with other selected populations, postemployment workplace alcohol and other drug interventions may help a limited number of abusers, but workplace-oriented interventions cannot solve society's problems with alcohol and other drugs. Employers should work with employees to help resolve drug and alcohol-related problems, says Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, and a pioneer in the battle against drugs in the workplace. In the '80s, she founded one of the first companies that implemented drug-free workplace plans that included drug and alcohol.
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One of the Ways to Help an Employee with a Drug or Alcohol Problem Is to Know the Signs of Substance Abuse.
Even if an employee is struggling with drugs or alcohol, they must be held to the same standards as other workers. Employees and Addiction, Employees with Drug or Alcohol Problems, Helping Employees with Addiction.
Employees who are encouraged to view their problem with drugs or alcohol as a serious health condition (as opposed to a moral failing or character flaw) will be more likely to seek treatment. One reason may be that disease language, in addition to being a more accurate depiction of the problem, reduces the stigma that can so often hold people.
Yet 10 to 20 percent of all workers who die on the job test positive for drugs, alcohol or both. In Tennessee alone, one-third of all employees are aware of drug sales at work. If you think such problems are confined to specific industries, think again. Unfortunately, there are more people battling with alcohol issues than many of us realise, this can affect us personally and professionally.
As a manager, it is a difficult and problematic time when you suspect an employee could have an alcohol problem and you will most likely have a swarm of questions running through your mind. Physical symptoms vary and can include bloodshot eyes and overall appearance of fatigue and tremors.
Employees who are abusing alcohol or drugs while at work might avoid you and other co-workers after breaks, and they might display signs of being intoxicated, such as talking too loudly, slurring their words or being incoherent.
In addition, employers can use their influence to motivate employees to get help for an alcohol problem. Many employers offer employee assistance programs (EAPs) as well as educational programs to reduce employees' alcohol problems.
However, several risk factors for alcohol problems exist in the workplace domain. Employees with a drug or alcohol problem may ask for help at work if they are sure their problems will be dealt with discreetly and confidentially.
But also consider your own legal position if you are given evidence or information that suggests an employee’s drug misuse has involved breaking the law at work.
The use of drugs and alcohol by employees at work or an employee attending work under the influence of drugs or alcohol, can have serious consequences for the safety of other employees as well as for the employee affected. Drugs and alcohol affect a person's concentration, physical co-ordination, alertness and judgment.
Approach the employee: Should be done in a safe, confidential manner and at an appropriate time for the employee and all other parties involved. Remember, it is NOT the responsibility of the employer to diagnose, merely offer support and the evidence for concern within the workplace.
Alcohol is often used to relax and unwind after a long day, but when people bring alcohol to work, problems arise. Alcoholism in the workplace is a troublesome symptom of a drinking habit.
There are currently more than million full-time American workers. How To Identify Employees Who Need Help. It’s not always as easy to identify employees who have a substance use disorder. While some alcoholic workers may take a two-hour “liquid lunch” or a heroin addict may nod off at his desk, many employees who abuse drugs are high-functioning workers.
An employee may never use drugs or alcohol at work. Zero tolerance for drugs or alcohol in the workplace should be one element of this policy, which can be conveyed in your company manual and/or other orientation materials.
Every employee should be familiar with these expectations, and the same policy should apply to everyone, whether it’s a worker on the warehouse floor or a high-up executive.
The A.A. Fellowship is nonprofessional and available at no cost; its primary purpose is the personal recovery and continued sobriety of those alcoholics who turn to it for help. The A.A. approach is based on the ability of recovered alcoholics to help those who are still drinking.
Singleness of purpose and problems other than alcohol. Of all the complicated personal problems that employees bring to the workplace, none is more difficult for organizations to manage than drug and alcohol ee drug and alcohol problems pose uniquely troublesome challenges because the risks they pose to safety, health and quality are often obscured by employee deception and denial.
The ADA provides that an employer may prohibit the use of drugs and alcohol in the workplace and require that employees not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at work. 47 percent of workplace accidents that result in serious injury and 40 percent of those that end in death have alcohol and other drugs involved.
Employees who abuse drugs are more than three and a half times as likely to have an accident on the job, and five times more likely to have an off-the-job accident that impacts workplace performance.
Employers and businesses (and other PCBUs) should manage the work-related risks associated with alcohol and other drugs. How to manage the risks of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace. The alcohol and other drugs in the workplace guide has information on how to create a policy for managing the misuse of alcohol and other drugs in the workplace.
The Safe Work Australia website has. Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Counseling is a service of Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). We provide support for students grappling with substance related problems through assessment, counseling and referrals.
An AOD Counselor provides a safe, non-judgemental, confidential space to talk about your concerns, help you assess the impact AOD. The use of drugs and alcohol can be a serious workplace issue. Not only can their use lead to significant health problems but anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be a hazard to themselves and others.
It is not only illegal drugs that cause problems at work. Legal ones, including prescription drugs and alcohol, can be misused. Help for Employee Suffering with Alcohol Addiction If an employee is addicted to drugs or alcohol, then it’s likely this is costing your business dearly.
This is particularly a problem for small and medium-sized employers who simply do not have the resources to ‘carry’ a person suffering from addiction.
what are known today as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) which, in addition to alcohol and drug abuse, address a variety of other employee problems that can affect performance on the job. These programs give life to the belief that employees can help themselves by working together to overcome substance abuse problems in the workplace.
Health. Drinking to excess on a regular basis, living in a pro-drinking environment, peer pressure, drinking before the brain is fully formed in early adulthood, and abusing other drugs with alcohol can all contribute to the onset of alcoholism, just as biology and genetics can.
Nearly one-third of all alcoholics fit into the young adult alcoholic subtype. Alcohol and Drugs in the Workplace Contrary to popular belief, most Americans struggling with a substance use disorder continue to hold down a job. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), more than 70 percent of those abusing illicit drugs in America are employed, as are most binge drinkers.