Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace

The Conference Board of Canada, March 17, 2015
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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.

Webinar Highlights

Join the Conference Board’s own Louise Chenier as she discusses these research findings, and what employers can do to ensure a healthy, productive workplace. In this 60 minute recorded session, Louise covers such topics as:

  • What is substance abuse and misuse, and how big a problem is it in Canada?
  • What substances are abused or misused, and what are the warning signs?
  • What is the impact of substance use on the workplace, on the individual, and the organization?
  • What can employers do when an employee is suspected of being impaired at work?
  • What are some effective policies and practices employers have applied to mitigate the impact of substance use in their organizations?

About Louise

Photo of Louise ChénierLouise Chénier is the Manager of Workplace Health and Wellness Research with the Leadership and Human Resources Research Division of The Conference Board of Canada. She is also the Network Manager for the Council on Workplace Health and Wellness - an exclusive network of organizational health management leaders from private and public sector organizations across Canada.

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