A Substance Abuse Free Workplace

983 WordsOct 11, 20104 Pages
A SUBSTANCE ABUSE FREE WORKPLACE 1. Describe the effect of illegal or prescription drug and alcohol use in the workplace. How does this affect productivity? Today in the United States, 73% of drug users are employed, costing American businesses billions of dollars annually in lost productivity and health care costs. Studies reveal that employees who abuse drugs have a tremendously harmful effect on the workplace—they are more likely to have extended absences from work, show up late, be involved in workplace accidents, and file workers’ compensation claims. 2. Describe the key steps to developing a workplace substance abuse program. A comprehensive program generally includes five components: (1) Develop a…show more content…
Essentially, this assistance would help improve the productivity of my company. The message should be delivered on an ongoing basis through a variety of means, not as a one-time effort. Forums for employee education may include home mailings, posters and displays in the workplace, brown-bag lunches, guest speakers, seminars and sessions at new employee orientation. 6. What is the purpose of the Employee Assistance Program? Describe the services that are offered to help employees. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are an extremely effective vehicle for addressing and resolving poor workplace performance that may stem from an employee’s personal problems, including alcohol and drug abuse. In addition to short-term counseling and referrals, many EAPs offer additional drug and alcohol related services that benefit employees and the company, such as supervisor training and employee education. Businesses with financial constraints may be able to join a consortium to offer their workers EAP services or, at a minimum, should provide a resource file from which employees can access information about treatment programs and help lines. EAPs also offer an
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