Drug & Alcohol Issues in the Workplace: A Simple Guide for Employers

by Mr. Joseph Ashdale of Ambrosia Treatment Center

Posted to Announcement on 4/19/2019 at 3:46 PM

{"ops":[{"insert":"Did you know that 70% of illicit drug users in the US are currently in the workforce? If you suspect an employee is using drugs or alcohol on the job, or you believe that their substance use is impacting their performance, you owe it to yourself, your customers and your employees to do something about it. Here are some tips to help you navigate the costly truth of addiction in the workplace. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Know your state’s laws."},{"insert":"\n\nFor the most part, it’s legal to drug test employees when they are hired and while they are employed, as long as there is reasonable suspicion that drug use that is impacting their performance or workplace safety. It's up to each workplace to develop a drug policy and decide how to handle violations. Some states differ when it comes to laws about drug testing and the use of prescription or over-the-counter medications. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Establish clear policies and procedures (and stick to them!)"},{"insert":"\n\nMost companies have a written policy on drug use, but you can take this a step further by training your employees and letting them know the details of the policy and potential consequences of violating. Managers should also receive specialized training about how to spot and report issues within their team. \n\nIf someone does violate the policy, it’s vital to stick to the procedure written in the manual. Even if that means terminating an otherwise useful employee, it will set a precedent that your business takes its drug use policy seriously. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Document performance issues and suspicious behaviors."},{"insert":"\n\nIf you notice suspicious activity, decreased performance, or odd behavior, always write down the date, time and details about what was observed and who saw it. That way you have a record you can reference later if you need to back up your decisions. \n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"Check out treatment options, like Employee Assistance Programs. "},{"insert":"\n\nIt’s always better to offer an employee help with their addiction before you decide to take disciplinary action. Employee Assistance Programs can be a fantastic resource for helping your employees with addiction and other mental health issues. It also helps to know the "},{"attributes":{"link":"https://www.ambrosiatc.com/locations/drug-rehab-philadelphia/"},"insert":"treatment options that are available in your local area"},{"insert":". \n"}]}

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