Have you ever shown up to work hungover from drinking the night before? How well did you perform that day?
Companies lose an estimated $100 billion a year due to substance abuse. More importantly, employees suffer and struggle to perform to their full potential. Employees with substance abuse issues are less productive, use more sick days, are more likely to injure themselves or file workman’s compensation claims. They’re also more likely to perceive their jobs negatively, to have problems with supervisors, and to make mistakes. It’s a problem for the company and for millions of people.
An Ounce of Prevention
When companies address potential substance abuse issues with proactive programming, many of these issues improve greatly. Programs for education and substance-abuse assistance result in significant performance-related improvements. In other words, it does not pay to ignore substance abuse in the workplace, and it does not pay to simply discount those employees with issues. Offering help improves the bottom line and helps people. This is why we encourage people to talk about this subject. It will make a direct impact in so many lives. It will improve the quality of life at home and at work. For the employees, co-workers, family members and those afflicted with addiction.
The Human Factor
It is not just about the bottom line. Companies that care about their employees on a personal level and offer help where needed are simply better places to work. This does help the bottom-line, but it also helps people. Recovering alcoholics and addicts all over the world learn that helping people is the key to happiness. It seems the health of a business can benefit from this attitude as well!