Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Motivating Managers in DOT Supervisor Training to Act on the Drug Free Workplace Policy

DOT Supervisor Training is typically a one-time, two hour training event, but in reality, it
dot supervisor training
must be an ongoing educational process for supervisory personnel overseeing regulated safety-sensitive positions. There is great chance of risk and failure for a drug-free workplace program if this does not occur. If an ongoing approach to educating supervisors does not occur, try to get one started. This does not have to be complicated or burdensome, and it does not need to consume much of the supervisor’s time. It does not need to a classroom event, and it can be as simple as a supervisor tips newsletter that includes period education on substance abuse and the supervisor role. READ MORE . . .

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Drunk Supervisor: Implications for a Drug and Alcohol Course, DOT Supervisor Training, and Reducing Risk

Supervisors aren’t immune from alcoholism. That should sound obvious, but they do have a special set of circumstances, given their positions, that makes them more unlikely to be identified as under the influence in violation of the organization’s drug free workplace policy. There’s a problem and a risk issue present with this situation.

Reasonable suspicion training for supervisors does not include and does not require education for supervisors on self-diagnosis or alcoholic supervisors dealing with their subordinate supervisors.

Likewise, the DOT supervisor training compliance guidelines do not require making supervisors aware of institutional enabling factors that protect the drinker who is a supervisory capacity. This makes reasonable suspicion training an important opportunity to discuss this problem right in the classroom—and get the elephant in the living room exposed—or at least trying to make a meaningful impact on the problem. Learn more


Friday, July 14, 2017

What's the Cost of Alcoholism in the Typical Workplace? Formula for Determining Cost of Alcoholism on Business and Industry

A workforce with 300 employees will be comprised of about 18 alcoholic employees.  These employees average approximately 75% their efficiency level. These could be anywhere on the continuum from zero impact on productivity to maximum impact on productivity.

This means there is a 25% loss of productivity for alcoholic drinkers.  This includes higher costs associated with accidents, insurance,
property damage, theft, sick leave, fringe benefits use and abuse, and a bunch of other difficult to measure impacts.

Peer pressure or experimentation are virtually the only reasons for anyone’s first drink.

The following formula was popularized in the early 1970’s by NIAAA (Average Salary of Workforce X 25%) X  (Number of Employees X 6%) = Economic Loss

Example: 1. $33,000 X 25% = $8250 

2. 300 X 7% of workforce = 21

3. 21 X $8250 = $173,250

Total Cost of Addiction to Company = $173,250 per year.