Addiction of any type can severely ruin the lives of everyone involved, not just the addict. The effect on family, friends and colleagues often experience knock on effects from the suffering of an employee. Addiction in the workplace can lead to a loss of productivity through factors such as absenteeism, on the job injuries and general neglect at work.
According to US Department of Labour reports in 2009, employees who abuse substances are up to 30% less productive. They also miss work three times more often than other employees resulting in significantly higher safety risks with 65% of all on the job related to alcohol use. It is believed that up to 20% of all U.S workers who die on the job can be linked to drug or alcohol use. This shows that addiction in the workplace has serious effects on businesses also, but there are ways that companies can receive addiction help for employers.
Employers must know the signs of addiction so that they can address the negative effects of addiction in the workplace. Recognising the signs is a difficult skill as some addicts are particularly good at hiding their substance abuse problems. Employers need identify the signs which could be:
- Lethargic behaviour
- Unexplained absence
- Long breaks and lunch
- Frequent accidents
- Excessive ‘sick leave'
- Missed deadlines and assignments
- Bad personal hygiene
- Neglect in work
- Attitude changes and mood swings
This list covers only a few symptoms of addiction in the workplace, which may indicate that your employee is involved in drug abuse however; this does not mean that you should make assumptions if your employee displays one or two of the symptoms listed. However, if your find the employee is exhibiting several of these problems, then it necessary to report this to the HR department and devise a careful plan of action to assist your employee.
The best way to deal with this situation is to get external advice from addiction experts who offer support services to employers of those affected by drug abuse, or any other type of addiction. Rehab Recovery is one such company that specialises in this field and aim to help employers deal with addiction problems in the workplace in a safe and responsible manner. Services such as staff training and seminars, independent advice and specialist addiction treatments are provided to fulfil this aim. For more information about dealing with addiction in the workplace, call 08000 866 686 or visit http://www.rehab-recovery.co.uk.