Substance abuse does leave an effect on employees which will in turn affect their performance at work,  Studies have shown that substance-abusing employees’ function at about two-thirds of their capability and are three times more like to be late for work.

In order to benefit the company and the respective employee you will need to find a way to empower them to be the best version of themselves will benefit both parties involved.

Encouraging a healthy company culture has wide-reaching ripple effects that benefit everyone – consider including the following as you create and implement your substance abuse policy:

  • The definition of substance abuse
  • The purpose, intention and/or objectives of the policy
  • Who is included in the programme?
  • Circumstances for drug or alcohol testing
  • How to maintain confidentiality when dealing with the issue
  • Resources to educate employees on substance abuse
  • Training and reporting systems for identifying signs of substance abuse
  • Plans for assistance or disciplinary actions for violations

It is not a comfortable or an easy situation to address suspected substance-related abuse issues, but the benefit will protect all parties involved.

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