Substance misuse and abuse in the workplace has been linked to workplace absenteeism, productivity loss, on-the-job accidents and injuries, sick leave and health benefits claims, workplace violence and harassment, increased legal exposure, and more. Yet despite these serious concerns, substance misuse in the workplace is often misunderstood, leading to poor management and the potential for further exacerbation of both personal and organizational issues.
The Conference Board has undertaken a research study to learn more about this issue. During the course of the study, our researchers examined:
- the perceived impact of substance use on a number of key workplace indicators (e.g., job performance, customer satisfaction, turnover, legal liabilities, accidents and injuries, sick leave and benefits costs, grievances and arbitrations, and violence, bullying and harassment);
- the extent to which employers understand substance abuse and see it as important workplace issue; and
- the extent to which employers have taken steps within their organization (e.g., policies, practices) to mitigate its impact.