Drug and alcohol use in the workplace is extremely dangerous.
When an employee is under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the workplace, he or she runs the risk of having his or her work performance suffer, as well as potentially creating an unsafe environment for co-workers and themselves. An employer may be faced with many legal and ethical questions in the event of an incident. Did the employer know, or should they have known about the employee’s drug or alcohol problem? If so, what steps were taken to address it?
Ignoring an employee’s alcohol or drug problem can be a recipe for disaster, and can cost an organization in many ways. Loss of productivity, worker absenteeism, safety violations, money, and time are just a few. Employers and co-workers should take the steps necessary to identify employee drug and alcohol problems and seek appropriate help. Brighton Center for Recovery can assist employers and workers dealing with drug and alcohol substance abuse issues.
Recognizing the Signs of Employee Drug or Alcohol Problems in the Workplace:
We understand that it is sometimes difficult to recognize the signs and symptoms of drug and alcohol problems at work. The following checklist of workplace indicators can help you to determine if what you are observing is an employee with an alcohol or drug problem, and whether or not an intervention is needed. Please remember that if an employee or co-worker shows any of the following workplace behaviors, you do not want to immediately assume that he or she has a problem with drugs or alcohol at work. The presence of some of these signs could also be related to stress, depression or other problems.
Workplace Indicators of Employee Drug or Alcohol Problems:
- Workaholic behavior
- Disorganized schedule
- Decreased workload or workload intolerance
- Unsatisfactory work performance
- Alcohol on breath with attempts to cover with mints or mouthwash
- Frequent unexplained absences or prolonged breaks
- Tardiness or leaving work early
- Withdrawal from professional committees or organizations
- Defensive if questioned or confronted about the problem
- Poor judgment
- Observed occurrences of intoxication, drowsiness, hypersensitivity during work hours
- Deadlines barely met or missed altogether
- Frequent job changes or relocation
- Avoiding supervisor or other co-workers
Brighton Center for Recovery can offer employees or co-workers assistance through one of our first class programs. Whether the individual needs to enter inpatient alcohol and drug treatment, a 12-step program, or both, we can help to determine the best course of treatment possible.
Drug and alcohol problems in the workplace are a serious threat to any organization. For more information, please call 888-215-2700 or 810-227-1211.
To speak with a representative in our admissions department, please call 877-9-SOBER-1 (877-976-2371).