7 Early Warning Signs of Substance Abuse on the Job
Surveys show substance abuse remains one of the most serious issues facing U.S. businesses, with more than 6 million active alcoholics employed and a price tag of $276 billion a year. More than 70 percent of all current illicit drug users aged 18 and older are employed.
With such a dangerous and widespread problem, it’s important to recognize substance abuse on the job before it leads to an accident.
Here are some early warning signs that can alert your supervisors to the possibility of substance abuse on the job:
1.An otherwise inexplicable fall-off of work efficiency in terms of volume, accuracy, or promptness is often an early warning sign of substance abuse problems.
2.So is frequent tardiness—often explained with increasingly elaborate, but hard to check, excuses.
3. Excessive use of sick days is also a common warning sign of substance abuse. These absences often occur on a Friday or a Monday.