We are not living in isolation and so we are able to see what is happening around us. A lot of good things are happening and a midst those good things, bad ones also happen. It is healthy to associate with a working society and it is very much comforting and productive to belong and even take active roles in the development of your society. This is often done in very many ways including self-employment and labour employment where you offer services to an organization and you are reworded for the services rendered. All these takes place within a given work environment commonly known as the office which can either be private or public. One of the most devastating things that can happen in a work station is the involvement of employees in addictive substances which often leads to workplace addiction. This does not only impact negatively to the organization but also to the health of the individual users of those substances. The cost of this habit at workplace can be very heavy on both the organization and the individual employee and to help in reducing the cost, we want to focus this discussion on the “the impact of alcohol and drugs at workplace.” We earlier spoke to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center under the able leadership of doctor Dalal Akoury MD and also the founder of the establishment. They are therefore going to help us understand some of the impact of alcohol and drugs at workplace. This is very important for both the employee and the employer and I want to request you to keep on the link even as we bring this discussion to its logical conclusion.
Even though this is a common problem across the globe, we are going to take the USA as our point of reference throughout the discussion. Doctor Akoury is registering that from the various studies conducted by experts in the recent past, it was estimated that out of millions who hold full time employment in the United States, a staggering population of about fifteen million are heavy drinkers of alcohol thereby exacting a high cost on work organizations primarily because employees who drink a lot are often absent themselves from work, they also suffer from persistent health complications, and are at a greater risk of harming themselves and their colleagues as well.
Workplace addiction and the impact on the economy: Direct and indirect problems of alcohol and drugs
According to the experts at AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center the significance of alcoholism and drugs in work environment are many and can be classified in four major areas of greater concerns as follows:
- Premature death as a result of fatal accidents
- Increased injuries and accident rates
- Absenteeism or absconding work occasioned by extra sick leave
- Loss of production as a result of a weak work force.
The four mentioned above are the major issues that come with the problem of alcoholism and substance abuse in our work stations; however that is not the end of the complications. The other additional problem areas that are associated with alcoholism and drug addiction at workplace may include:
- Tardiness and consistency in sleeping on the job
- The cost of poor decision making
- Loss of efficiency
- Lower morale of co-workers particularly those who are not drinking because they will have to work extra to cover for their weak colleagues
- Increased likelihood of having trouble with co-workers, supervisors or tasks
- Higher turnover
- Training of new employees
- Disciplinary procedures
Doctor Akoury is registering that even though the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction can affect and be felt in any industry and any organization irrespective of the size whether big or small; workplace alcoholism is especially prevalent in certain establishments and these particular industries may include the following:
- Food service
- Mining and Drilling
- Installation, maintenance and repair
This article is only meant to give guidance and therefore by mentioning some key industries it does not necessarily mean that is actually what happens. Various organizations including the sectors mentioned herein have put in measures that curbs down on the effects of alcoholism and drug addiction at workplaces says doctor Dalal Akoury. As we continue into the discussion, it is very important that before we bring this section to its conclusion, we need to appreciate that this habit hurts the most in two specific ways. The two specific kinds of drinking behavior that significantly contribute to the level of work-performance problems include:
- Drinking right before commencement of working hours or during working hours and that includes drinking during break times like at lunch and at company functions.
- The second way is drinking heavily the night before resumption of work the following day. This is commonly characterized with hangovers and even feelings of dizziness during working hours the next day.
Finally in this article we have mentioned alcohol quit repeatedly and that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is only the alcoholics who can generate problems in the workplaces. That is a myth which must be ignored because from the research findings it has been demonstrated that the majority of alcohol-related work-performance problems are associated with nondependent drinkers who may occasionally drink too much not exclusively by alcohol-dependent employees. And besides, family members living with someone’s alcoholism also suffer significant job performance related problems- including poor job performance, lack of focus, absenteeism, increased health-related problems and use of health insurance
And now in conclusion the problem of alcohol and drug abuse is genuinely unproductive in our workplaces. This must not be allowed to continue and therefore we want to offer you as employers and employees across the globe, that you can regain your high level of productivity by seeking for professional help from the home of addiction solutions. I am talking about you scheduling for an appointment with doctor Dalal Akoury today for your organization or just as an individual. When you make that bold step, doctor Akoury will come in and take you back to your much desired level of productivity by offering the best and timely treatment for your employees while exercising high standards of professionalism. So don’t hesitate to call us today.