Boosting sales, increasing returns on investment (ROI) and handling the welfare of workers has got to be some of the major objectives every business owner faces. However, these objectives all go hand in hand, as one can’t work without the other. While caring for your workers, there are different issues that may arise and need to be tackled. One of them is addiction. It is important to tackle addiction problems at the work place so it doesn’t interfere with productivity. But what are the best ways to handle this problem?

1. Observe and Research

Does a particular worker behave in an awkward or suspicious way? Do they take frequent leaves of absence? Are they always late to work? Do they do hide to do certain rituals (smoking or drinking) before work hours or breaks to help them get on with work? Is any of your workers inconsistent when he talks or even looks a kind of way? These observations will help you in knowing what to look out for.

Also carry out a research to familiarize yourself with signs and symptoms of addiction. There are many journals online to go through and centres that provide information to loved ones of addicts.

2. Talk with the worker or employees affected

Mark from addictionhelper.com advise that as a business owner, once you have ascertained it could be addiction, have a private chat with the worker.

“Do not tell them off. Remind them of the company’s policy on the issue, express your observation and concerns, and proffer recommendations or where they can get help. If possible, introduce helpful programs, workshops or seminars for all workers,” he suggests.

This can also help those who aren’t affected to know more about addiction and how to prevent it.

3. Discourage the use of substances or anything that enhances Addiction

Do not tolerate substance abuse at the workplace. Always remind them of the consequences and do not make excuses for employees who seem not to want to do away with the habit.

Finally, get a health insurance company that has a plan which covers addiction so staff can be on it. If addiction isn’t tackled immediately, it becomes a scourge that will affect not just the effectiveness of the addict, but also the efficiency of their colleagues and the business itself.

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