The question isn’t “do we have employees who have substance abuse issues?” Substance abuse is at an epidemic level in the United States. It’s in every workplace, whether you are in an office, a hospital, a restaurant, an oil field or a non-profit.
Of all drug users, 68.9% are employed and active in the workplace
Employers suffer from hiring substance abusers in many ways. Not only do they run the risk of having deadly or dangerous accidents occur, but substance abusers also cost employers money and hurt them financially. Substance abusers may:
- Have poor work performance
- Frequently arrive late to workplace
- Struggle with productivity
- File for worker’s compensation claims and health care claims.
Addressing the Issue Effectively
In essence, the value of the educational drug programs, far exceed what employers pay for them. They provide a safer environment for employers and increase the productivity of existing employees, which boosts revenue. Educational programs have been proven to provide benefits such as:
- Increased morale
- Decreased workplace accidents
- Reduced employee theft
- Increased productivity
- Reduced employee turnover
- Decreased cost of insurance, such as group health and workers’ compensation
Employers Can Make the Difference
The workplace is one of the cornerstone of our communities. A healthier work environment provides the foundation for stronger, more positive communities. Learn more about how training your company leaders and managers to identify, manage and support those who are struggling with substance abuse.
The question is: How do you identify the problem and what do you do to address the issue?
ACT on Drugs is a qualified trainer for workplace substance abuse in almost all industries. We can work with you on training for your managers, as well as employees, and help you design an appropriate plan to address any issues. Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.