Drug & Alcohol Training for a Drug Free Workplace
Alcohol and substance abuse are major cost drivers for all businesses. The substance abuse epidemic that currently affects one-in-four Pennsylvania households is also a dilemma in the workplace.
“My company didn’t just let me go even though they could have. They chose to get me help with my drinking problem through the Livengrin treatment program. I’m still with that company today.”
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BY THE NUMBERS: Drug testing in the workplace has shown more U.S. workers are testing positive for illicit drugs than at any time in the last 12 years. (Quest Diagnostics Inc.)
Addiction in the Workplace
Major corporations and small businesses affected by employee alcohol and drug problems must deal with:
- Loss of productivity, poor performance
- Lateness and absenteeism
- Safety concerns
- Liability and legal issues
- Adverse effects on employee morale, company image, and customer relations
The view of drinking and drug consumption on the job has changed dramatically. No one wants to have their job affected, or be hurt by a co-worker with an addiction problem. Employees who may not themselves have an addiction issue can be affected by their spouse, children, or other loved ones’ addiction which can have serious consequences for your business.
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Livengrin specializes in helping a business take action that can assist troubled employees, minimize risks to the company, and help them save money.
There is a strong case for all businesses to take a proactive position to substance abuse prevention through a specific plan and policy:
- A business has a legal responsibility to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of its personnel, as far as reasonably practical.
- Knowingly allowing someone to continue working while under the influence places that person and others at risk, and potentially leaves a firm open to legal liability.
- After making an investment in a trained worker, it is just good business to have a plan to help you resolve the substance-abuse issue.
You must create a positive culture that encourages your employees to come forward and get help. You can accomplish this by showing concern for the affected employee and his or her family.
Also, you can save tens of thousands of dollars per incident and get your employees better treatment by learning the pitfalls of the current treatment industry.
Some other efforts could include:
- Drug free workplace training
- Drug abuse prevention counseling
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Drug/alcohol training for supervisors
Combating On-the-Job Dependency
Here are the two major steps a company can take to deal with the challenge of employee addiction.
The first step is a straightforward written policy that deals with alcohol/drug problems at work. It does not need to be long or complicated, but should cover:
- Reason: Why enact the policy? To whom does it apply?
- Rules: Expectations for employees’ behavior that ensure that alcohol/drugs do not affect work or safety.
- Help: Support and information is available to employees concerning alcohol/drug abuse.
- Confidentiality: Assurance that privacy will be maintained about workers’ records and treatment.
Disciplinary Action: Circumstances in which the company will act punitively.
As for taking action with an employee, the best second step is to contact Livengrin.
Support: A smart business will want to do what it can to help a colleague troubled by addiction.
Treatment: The investment in employee training, time, and compensation warrants pursuing addiction treatment.
Key Step: Codify your business’s policy toward alcohol/drug problems at work.