Most of us know that people use drugs, and we may even suspect that some of our coworkers, bosses, and employees are using substances.
Let’s face it - work is where many of us spend the bulk of our daytime hours. Being chemically compromised affects a person’s ability to function well, and this means at the workplace, too.
If you are a business owner or manager, an employee’s substance use can affect your bottom line, meaning your company is not going to be as successful as it could be.
Productivity can go down, product quality can suffer, absences can increase, and you, the employer, may incur higher health care costs. Safety of your employees – even the ones not using substances - can be compromised. In fact, over 70% of substance users in America are holding down at least one job.
Many substance using employees do not look like the stereotype of someone in the throes of addiction, although they may be heading in that direction. In fact, many people, including professionals who serve in high ranking positions, can simply look like everyone else!
Here are 7 signs (among many) to look for if you suspect that someone – your coworker, your employee, or your boss – is using.
Unexplained and frequent absences.
Whether you are an employer, a manager, or a co-worker – something needs to be done or the problem may just get worse. Learn to recognize the signs of addiction at the workplace, and how to build a supportive and safe workplace environment.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.