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Workplace Wednesday: Alcohol in the Workplace

Posted Tanys Coughlan Workplace Wednesdays

For this week’s Workplace Wednesday let’s look at alcohol in the work place.

Drinking alcohol can have socio-economic effects and cost organization a lot of money.

On the International Centre for Alcohol Policies Website, (http://www.icap.org/PolicyTools/ICAPBlueBook/BlueBookModules/22AlcoholandtheWorkplace/tabid/542/Default.aspx) they summarize the topic as follows:

• Lost productivity—often as a result of absenteeism, poor job performance, accidents and injuries, and alcohol-related disability and death—is believed to be the most significant social cost of harmful drinking.
• Certain occupations and work environments are associated with a greater risk of alcohol-related harm.
• Unemployment has been linked with higher rates of alcohol-related harm.
• Employer policies on alcohol in the workplace can improve worker health, safety, and productivity.
• The workplace can be a convenient point of access to provide education, intervention, and treatment programs to a large segment of the adult population, including certain at-risk groups.
• More research is needed to properly evaluate workplace programs to reduce the negative impact of alcohol.
• For examples of interventions, see the online database Initiatives Reporting: Industry Actions to Reduce Harmful Drinking.

Having policies on Alcohol in the Workplace can be practical and useful for both employers and employees. They help to make the workplace a safer place to be and enable the employees at risk to get access to the help that they need.

Do you have an Alcohol in the Workplace Policy?

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Tanys is a Certified Human Resources professional with 20 years experience in the Home Healthcare Field including 5 years of management experience. She has over 10 years experience as an adult trainer/facilitator and a proven ability to work with staff, management and other stakeholders to sustain and improve key performance indicators. Tanys works diligently with businesses to increase their productivity by putting the human in human resources.

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