A new study from the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions has found that supervisor enforcement on the job and their willingness to address employee substance-use problems can aid in the employee seeking help.
“It's only when employees think their supervisor knows how to detect substance use — and is willing to do something about it — that employees' drinking and drug use on the job decreases,” says Michael Frone, a co-author of the study, according to Workforce.com.
Supervisor contact alone doesn’t have as big of an impact. Managers and other supervisors must address the issue first-hand.
Due to the new finding, Jerry Gjesvold, manager of employer services at Serenity Lane, an alcohol- and drug-use treatment center in Eugene, Oreg., says the study confirms that managers should be trained on spotting the signs of alcohol and drug abuse.
And the reason to spot possible signs of substance-abuse at work is overwhelming.
Workforce.com reports that according to a 2006 Research Institute on Addictions survey, 15.3 percent of the U.S. workforce drink before work, drink during work hours or work under the influence of alcohol. Illicit drug use before work or during work hours was reported by 3.1 percent of the workforce, and working under the influence of illicit drugs was reported by 2.9 percent of the workforce.
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