Supervisors need to respect a worker’s private life. But what if a worker had too much to drink one night? Or another worker smoked some dope over a weekend? How about the employee who has been taking medications that could impair their ability to work safely? When substance abusers arrive at work, they don’t leave their problems at the door. What these employees are doing both on and off -duty could cause them to have a serious accident. Managers and supervisors need to know how substance abuse can affect a workplace, how to recognize signs of abuse and what they can do to handle abuse situations.
Substance abuse is a huge, worldwide problem. In the United States alone there are over 50 million binge drinkers, 17 million illegal drug users and almost 15 million people who abuse prescription drugs. Most substance abusers have jobs. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every ten workers has a substance abuse problem. An employee with an alcohol or drug problem can decrease productivity, create a hostile work environment and damage a company’s good name. Worst of all, the actions of a worker who is “under the influence” can completely undermine a company’s efforts to keep people safe.
PCS’ training programs and products on “Dealing with Drug and Alcohol Abuse for Managers and Supervisors” discuss the various forms of substance abuse that are typically found in the workplace, how managers and supervisors can detect substance abuse problems, and what they should and shouldn’t do if they discover a worker with a substance abuse problem.
Topics covered in the products include:
- * How substance abuse can affect a workplace.
- * Laws and regulations related to substance abuse.
- * How to help create an alcohol and drug-free workplace.
- * The role of education and testing in preventing substance abuse.
- * Recognizing on-the-job substance abuse.
- * How to handle substance abuse situations.
- * and more.