The main objective of this online substance abuse in the workplace training course is to teach employees the impact of substance abuse in the workplace and to suggest ways to help deal with this serious problem. You’ll learn the legal issues regarding workplace substance abuse, how to recognize if you or one of your coworkers may have a problem, as well as what solutions are available to deal with a substance abuse problem.
Why “Substance Abuse in the Workplace: What Employees Need to Know (Multimedia)” Matters:
- Substance abuse threatens the productivity, safety, and security of our workplace and employees.
- Working under the influence of alcohol or drugs seriously impairs a person’s ability to perform the job well and safely.
- Never ignore a substance abuse problem—take prompt action to solve it.
- It’s been estimated that substance abuse costs U.S. businesses more than $50 billion every year—and that figure could really be even higher.
- Studies show that alcohol and drug abusers are generally far less productive, make more mistakes, and take three times as many sick days as other employees.
- Abusers are three to four times more likely to have an accident on the job than other workers, and they are five times more likely to file workers’ compensation claims.
- Surveys repeatedly indicate that substance abuse is a widespread and persistent problem in plants and offices across the country. It’s estimated that 10 percent of all U.S. workers have a substance abuse problem. In fact, the number could be much higher.
- Some 73 percent of all current illegal drug users are employed. Over 6 million active alcoholics are employed.
- Sixty percent of workers say they know someone who has reported for work under the influence of alcohol.