How to deal with workplace substance abuse
How can you tell if a coworker might have a substance abuse problem, and what should you do about it? Here are tips from experts:
Watch for signs: Indications that an employee might have a substance abuse problem include ab- sences without notification, frequent disappearances from the work site, work performance that alternates between high and low productivity, and progressive deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene.
Small-business vulnerability: Businesses without substance abuse policies can be particularly vulnerable.
Hurtful helping: Don’t be an enabler by concealing substance abusers’ poor work performance or lending them money.
Don’t intervene on your own: Drug and alcohol addictions are complex problems that should be handled by professionals.
If you’re the boss, don’t delay taking action.