Creating and Enforcing a Drug-Free Policy in Your Office

According to The National Federation of Independent Business, over 75 percent of illegal drug users in the U.S. are employed. At almost 10 million people so, there’s a chance that one of your employees is one of those users. Drug and alcohol abuse is frequently overlooked because once an employee passes a pre-employment drug test it ceases to concern anyone. However, a proactive workplace can build a drug-free program in their workplace that will keep employees accountable and help them overcome the temptation of abusing drugs while they’re at work.

Creating and Enforcing a Drug-Free Workplace

Educate Your Employees

Ensure that a policy is formally detailed in your employee handbook and make sure your employees understand what it entails. Tell them this includes abusing alcohol, illicit substances, and not prescribed medications while on the job. Train everyone, not just managers or supervisors, on how to recognize the signs of someone dealing with a drug or alcohol problem and how to report it properly.

Maintaining a Drug-Free Workplace

The end of the year is a great time to check your policy and drug test your employees because it will give you data that will help you revise or put new drug policies into action.

  • Create a policy
  • Educate employees
  • Train managers & supervisors
  • Drug testing
  • Assistance program

Allowing Alcohol from Time to Time

Some businesses, including small businesses, allow controlled amounts of alcohol during a party or Friday happy hour in the office. Make sure employees aren’t taking advantage of a laid-back office environment, keep the parties to a once a month treat, and keep a close eye on work productivity during these times.

Having an assistance program, or available information on referral, for those struggling with substance addiction is also a great policy to have in place. It will encourage those who need help to come forward and your other employees will see that you care about their well being.

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