Over the last few weeks I have given short presentations to various groups on the issues surrounding drug use at work. I am constantly amazed at the attitude of some employers and individuals to a problem that is REAL and GROWING.
No longer is it good enough to take a step back, throw your hands in the air and say “It’s nothing to do with me”. Well, as an employer it is… And the sooner you realise that the better. To the question “Is it my concern?”, I quote from some Home Office guidance: –
“Yes, drug misuse can be a serious problem not only for the misuser but also for the business where they work and sometimes their co-workers”
Legally, you could be breaking the law if you knowingly allow drug-related activities, and that includes individuals using, at work and do nothing about it. An employer has a general duty under the Health & Safety at Work Act “to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of your employees” Any organisation who’s gross breach of a relevant duty of care leads to the death of an employee at work may also suffer a penalty under the Corporate Manslaughter and Homicide Act.
Drug Use At Work
Whether you believe it or not there is an impact of drug use on cognitive performance at work, which may end up with you having to cope with increased accidents, increased absenteeism and increased stress from employees having to ‘cover’ for the misuser.
I know it’s hard work convincing the ‘stick in the muds’. I know that this post isn’t going to change people’s minds overnight. And I’m not naïve enough for you not to think that I am talking out of my backside. Believe me I’m not. I have seen the consequences of inaction and inappropriate behaviour by employers towards employees.
I know its hard, but sometimes you have to do things you don’t want to do and one day you will have to take a hard look inside that box that you really don’t want to open. Don’t be surprised by what you find.
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