8 Types of Depression You May ...

Types of Depression! Does depression have types? According to WHO (World Health Organization), India is the most depressed country in the world. The shocking statistics from WHO suggest that there is a lack of awareness in the country and the stigma associated with it is very high. Majority of people know what is depression but […]

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Why Some People Are More Prone...

It may seem freaky, bizarre to some, but yes it is true- many people around the world are prone to depression! It’s not just us who are telling but also research findings have proved it. “The prevalence of depression globally has been increasing in recent decades ranging from 20% to 25% in women and about […]

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How I got addicted to Alcohol?

Hello, this is Raajan Vasudev Menon from Bangalore. I am a recovered alcohol addict who’s just out of a rehab centre. I like to share my story to all, especially parents on- how your alcohol practice may affect your children’s life. There is no confusion from where to start with. For every annual leave, I […]

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Depression or Sadness- how do ...

Nobody would welcome the feelings of dejection or sadness, but feeling low can sometimes feel like a  normal emotion, and a natural response to disappointment or loss. But it is vital to note that if this sadness persists for a long duration of time, it can be devastating. However, depression is a mental health condition […]

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Why is Overcoming Alcohol Addi...

Alcohol addiction does lead to bad behaviours and is dangerous. But why is Overcoming Alcohol Addiction So Hard? “I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction” – Gene Tierney Overcoming Alcohol Addiction is Hard- why? A person may not admit he is an alcoholic as he starts out seeking or experiencing a sense of […]

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Workplace Drug Abuse – Detection and Prevention

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Do you suspect that your few of your employees drink at the office? Or has your employees’ performance drops? Or is there a messy environment at your organization?

Well. Here are few thing that you should know about workplace drug and alcohol abuse, and way to detect and prevent it.

Many organizations are noted for abuse of substance in the workplace. The employees might use alcohol, any prescribed drugs or any illegal drugs; this habit can be hidden within the country for long period. However, the substance user’s actions, performance eventually declines. Identifying the employees who abuse substance in the workplace is very important, to stop ill-fated dominos effect. Anyway, there are drug prevention policies in the company to rule out the infected personnel and to maintain a healthy work environment.

There are few concerns due to the substance user like these employees tend to be less safe than others, they are prone to workplace accidents, leaking of confidential details or top secrets of the company and its clients, or else mere laziness will drop the efficiency of the work. These people tend to display carelessness, cause damage to property or people, or use of abusive words.

How do you detect drug abusing employees?

Generally, we can spot the substance abusing employees by their appearance, behavior, and performance. There is a red flag for performance – inconsistent quality of work, signals of fatigue, slow and dull workplace, and few might often fall sick or tend to seek frequent leaves, lack of interest or over interest in work are also to be considered. Yes, behavior and appearance do matters.  These substance users may look sloppy and unkempt, would have slurred speech and dilated pupils, or even smell drugs or alcohol in their breath. The above mentioned can be accompanied with the other symptoms of drug abuse such as irritability, violent behavior, suspiciousness, depression.

How to control this scenario?

Here are few things that can address and end the substance abuse in the workplace-

  • The policies for the substance abuse in the workplace must be explained in the standards of the organization and how the organization will treat these types of employees.
  • There should be written policy statements, which the employee and the employers are aware of.
  • There can be a pre-employment drug test and during employment drug test- which can be a screening drug test and these are explained to the employees well in advance.
  • These policies state the violation of rules and the respective consequences like salary deduction, or even termination.
  • Training to the supervisors- supervisors are well aware of the company’s policies, observes and confronting unsatisfactory job performance to the workers.
  • Organisations can provide psychological counseling services to the employees, not only for drug abuse rather for overall well-being.

Another important thing is educating the employees, like provide ill effects of the substance abusers on health, how it affects a person’s personal and professional life, how an active drug user can seek help and be successful in his career. You can plan for workshops and other awareness programmes and provide employee assistance programme (EAP).

Conclusion:

Dealing with workplace substance abuse is an ongoing task, and bit challenging for the very company to practically apply. However, most of the organization tries their level best. These kinds of extended programmes save career, families, and life. If these tips don’t help or if you need additional guidance, to address your concern and to seek help take an appointment with our professionals call: – +91-96111 94949.

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