Recognizing signs of addiction in the workplace

drug-free(From the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery)

The most valuable resource of any company, large or small, is its people. Without healthy, productive, capable employees, no business can remain competitive and profitable. Chemical dependency or compulsive addictions can dramatically affect an employee’s ability to contribute to your company’s success. In economic terms, an addiction can lead to a drop in productivity, reduced product quality, increased absenteeism, and higher health care costs. In human terms, an addiction can lead to failed marriages, broken homes, severe emotional problems, and even death. Depending on the nature of the individual’s work, public safety can be jeopardized.

Because an addiction impacts every facet of a person’s life, the problem must be addressed at many different levels, including the place of employment. The Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery at Proctor Hospital allows employers to offer a comprehensive program of evaluation, treatment, counseling and support for employees and their families.

These are six possible signs of addiction in the workplace:

  1. Change in work attendance or performance
  2. Alteration of personal appearance
  3. Mood swings or attitude changes
  4. Withdrawal from responsibility or associate contacts
  5. Unusual patterns of behavior
  6. Defensive attitude concerning the object of addiction

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About Susana G Baumann

Award-winning journalist, author, multicultural expert, public speaker, small business advocate and the Editor-in-Chief of LatinasinBusiness.us. Susana is an Argentinean immigrant who started her own small business over 20 years ago. Now, through her new digital platform and social media channels, she advocates for the economic empowerment of Latinas in the United States.
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