Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Supervisors Should Learn about Withdrawal Symptoms--They Can Be More Threatening

Supervisors and managers overseeing line staff workers learn how to effectively identify specific signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol abuse, and I recommend without reservation that they also learn about withdrawal symptoms associated with non-use, that are crucial to documenting what appears to dysfunctional behavior on the job. 

This is a twist on typical reasonable suspicion training, but we believe highly important. Although seldom discussed, drug addicts and alcoholics in middle and late stages may appear without any symptoms whatsoever until they go into withdrawal, at which point they may become highly dysfunctional.

Properly confronting employees does not mean that you get into conflicts with them on the job, but supervisors must know what their leverage is so they can properly motivate the workers found to be potentially under the influence to accept a referral. This free reasonable suspicion training checklist will help. I am only supplying the first page of it here, but you willreasonable-suspicion-training4.jpg find the full product on the shopping cart here.

Monday, June 5, 2017

New Supervisor Skills: First-Time Supervisors and Skills for Leadership

Becoming a supervisor is an exciting promotion, but it comes with a new set of challenges in the workplace. Rising to these challenges will allow you to love your job and failure to do so will create enormous strain. No matter how long you have been a supervisor, refresher courses (small intense courses packed with information that’s practical and instantly applicable) can help you perform your job better. This sort of intense training can help you feel more prepared for any situation that may arise when you are out there on the job. These skills generally fall into the communication camp, because in most cases that is the defining factor of good management. Whether you see to help prevent workplace violence, give feedback, inspire your team, or even apply documentation skills, the underlying skill is good communication. Read more...