Do you provide education and awareness to employees concerning alcohol and other drugs of abuse?
There are powerful reasons for doing so, and they are all a win-win for employees and employers.
is no government mandate for most industries to do employee awareness
training in substance abuse (railroads have had such a mandate since
1986.) but I want to give you several reasons why you should consider it
no matter what industry your associated with.
Employees deserve it.
There is a terrible opioid crisis going on right now, alcoholism is
never going away, pot use is increasing, and employees and their
families are terribly affected by these problems.
You may not
hear about the brother of your lead supervisor who is addicted to heroin
or the sister of your secretary who moved into a homeless shelter last
month, but these issues are pervasive in every company.
may see TV commercials, or even hear the President of the United States
talk about drug problems, but they aren't getting education about these
issues from any source at home or in the community. Workplace wellness
programming that you can easily provide is really the only way they can
They can't get it anywhere. Employees
aren't getting information about substance and prevention from TV shows
or newspapers. They aren't learning about alcohol abuse, dealing with
teens, stimulants, opioids, depressants, marijuana dangers, enabling,
getting help, helping someone who doesn't want help, self-diagnosis,
dispelling myths, and many more topics. (We cover all these things in our training program for employee drug and alcohol awareness.)
Employees have drug problems. Right
now, there are employees on your payroll with drug and alcohol
addiction problems. Most are in early or middle stage addiction. Very
late stage addiction is obvious, and you may have seen these problems in
the past. More problems are coming. It is only a matter of time.
Problems on staff.
Statistically, about 5-7% of employees have drug and/or alcohol
problems. But about 12-17% of your employees have family members at home
or dependents with substance abuse problems....read the rest of this post on my blog at WorkExcel.com