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?
- 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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