The Effects Of Substance Abuse In The Workplace

Substance abuse can have a big impact on the safety and productivity of your employees and business. Here are some of the impacts substance abuse could be having at your business:

Increased Rate of Mistakes

Employees under the influence have been shown to reduce productivity by making mistakes. On some jobs, these mistakes can cause serious injury to the worker and his or her colleagues.

Higher Absenteeism Rate

You need to know that your workforce is going to be there when you need them. The higher your absentee rate, the less your company can do in a workday. Workers who are chronically absent can lose touch with what is going on at their workplace, so that when they return they are behind. When an employee does not show up, other workers often have to make up for the lost labor. This can put added stress on them and create an uncomfortable work place.

The Effects Of Substance Abuse In The Workplace

The Snowball Effect of Substance Abuse

Sometimes substance abuse can cause more substance abuse in the work place. For example when an employee is absent because of their substance abuse problem, other workers can start to get very stressed from keeping up with a heavier workload. This can lead to them turning to substances as a coping mechanism. The problem can continue to get worse for quite some time until the cycle is broken. All this can have a significant impact on profits and your company’s image.

High Stress Job Risks

If a job is stressful, employees are more likely to be open to using substances to deal with the situation. Employers in high stress industries need to be attentive to their employees and make sure they are working under the best conditions possible. Employees in high stress jobs that have a good support network are less likely to use substances.

Testing

Drug and alcohol tests can help your company reduce or eliminate substance abuse among your employees. With a simple oral fluid lab test, you can find out if an employee uses substances. Many employers do this test before an employee is hired. In some cases, a business will test before hiring, and then have random drug tests throughout the year, meaning anybody at a firm could have to take a test once within a year. This method can sometimes eliminate the chance that an employee will start using after being hired. Some employees may find random testing rather inconvenient. It is important that you help them realize that it is for their own safety if they voice concerns over lost time due to being tested.

Substance Abuse Treatment 

Employees need access to substance abuse treatment. Just because an employee has a problem does not mean that with treatment they cannot become a better member of the workforce. Everyone makes mistakes and substance abuse is one of them. As an employer, you need employees to feel that you care about them and their health. When you lose employees due to substance abuse, there are significant monetary costs involved with getting a replacement worker. Rehabilitation from substance abuse can mean that you keep your employee, improve their life, and you save money on recruiting and training a new employee.

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