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Substance abuse in the workplace: how employers can offer support

It’s important for employees to know that they are not alone.

Time to read: 3 minutes
By Clark Lagemann

One in seven Americans will face a substance use disorder in their lifetime. And according to a recent survey, the pandemic has exacerbated substance use for employees. Among workers struggling with addiction or substance abuse issues, more than one-third say it has affected their work more since the pandemic began. So what can employers do to help if they don’t know their employee is struggling?

Synopsis:

  • Among workers struggling with addiction or substance abuse issues, more than one-third say it has affected their work more since the pandemic began.
  • Many employees are afraid to say they need help.
  • Substance use in the workplace results in absenteeism, lost productivity, and additional healthcare expenses.
  • Personal costs to individual employees include missed work resulting in lost wages among all the other health and lifestyle side effects of substance use.

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How remote and hybrid work has redefined wellness benefits

Our new reality has created new barriers to better health for employees who once thrived in onsite wellness programs.

Time to read: 3 minutes
By Clark Lagemann

The acceleration of remote-hybrid work has created new barriers to health for employees who thrived with traditional, onsite wellness programs. As impediments to better health increase, unhealthy lifestyles such as inactivity, poor diet, stress, inadequate sleep, addictions, and associated health risks such as depression, may be exacerbated. How can benefits brokers and managers help companies and individuals navigate wellness and behavior change options in a way that promotes lasting change?

Synopsis:

  • Why brokers should offer digital coaching to address mounting health and wellness issues.
  • How cognitive behavioral training can increase engagement and retention in programs to improve mental health.
  • The importance of offering behavior change programs to support mental health initiatives.
  • The ROI of behavior change programs for both the employee- and employer-paid programs as well as how programs contribute to the reduction of health spend.

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Kristin Hege
kristin@conveycommsagency.com
480-540-6496

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