Alcohol and Drug Problems in the Workplace and What to do About it
At one time, in
the not so distant past, it was considered reasonable and ok practice to hide
someone's symptoms of addiction no matter how bad it got. Co-workers, managers,
general employees, they all did it. The problem is that the problem never got
dealt with and we realize now that it just gets worse over time. Hiding
someone's addiction just hurts them, you and the company as a whole not to
mention it is a very unsafe thing to do that puts you at risk of liability. The
addict never gets to see the mess that they are making and in order to recover
they have to see their mess. If someone can be treated ethically that may have
a problem then why would you want to hide their symptoms?
Why employers and
people in general let it go so long?
Lack of Knowledge
Perceived Discomfort in Change
Think it is Easier to do Nothing
REASONABLE - The idea that your judgement is fair
(not extreme) and that someone else with the same training would probably come
to the same conclusion that you have come to.
SUSPICION- There may be an issue or there may
not be an issue. You have some reason to
suspect that there may be an issue. Even if you are wrong you are right. Action
is the result of a process.
Doing for others what
they can and should be doing for themselves. Think Bad Help instead of Good
Help. Bad Help over the long term eventually makes things worse for everyone
and could turn out to be dangerous.