Dealing with employees who abuse drugs is very costly and frustrating. If only you could slow down the abuse, let alone stop it, you’d feel more in charge, knowing you are doing the right thing: The right thing for your company or other organization, not to mention the right thing for the good of society.
There are ways to screen potential employees in the original job interview as well give support to existing employees when it comes to minimizing drug abuse.
There is much you can do, especially if you are in charge of Human Relations, and at a low cost, too. It all centers upon EDUCATION. For every one of us to slow down the use of illegal drugs, we must all take ownership of the growing problem of drug addictions and abuse. We must, each of us, confront the problem in our own way. We can no longer fool ourselves into thinking that “it’s not my problem. It’s the problem of the schools, the police, the medical emergency community.”
Wrong. It’s our problem and those of you who work with employee hiring and support are in an excellent position to effectively control the presence of illegal drugs in your office, factory, or other business organization.
You already know how costly the problems of drug abuse and addictions are to your firm. You are stressed because employees don’t show up for work or are late Or how they are not focused on their duties and so cause dangerous accidents while operating machinery or vehicles. Then, too, there’s the limited ability to think creatively to make production goals easier to achieve, because their brains cannot process data as swiftly as they should.
But you can tighten up the new-hire process and continued employee support by offering your employees and potential employees some basic facts about illegal street drugs. And the tool you can easily use are several easily-understood booklets that lay out the facts of how street drugs destroy the minds and bodies of users.The booklets show in simply understood text, drawings, and photographs how drug residues stay in the fatty tissues of the body. And, if untreated, that drug residue stays in there for a lifetime.
The printed booklets also punch holes in such myths as “a little marijuana won’t hurt you.” The truth is that it will hurt both the mind and the body of the user because it drains the body of vitamins and minerals that it needs and also affects the nervous system, causing negative changes and even numbness. The fact is that marijuana smoke contains 400 chemicals and that 60 of these cause cancer.
But the booklets are not confined to pot-smoking alone. They deal with such drugs as ecstasy, cocaine, heroin, meth, and also alcohol. Ecstasy, for example, increases body temperatures to dangerous levels that can stop a beating heart. Additionally, it damages brain cells and so limits memory.
Of course, in all of this, there are extreme mood swings that bring about family violence, lack of motivation, depression of learning abilities, poverty, crime, and even jail-time. The entire scene is, indeed, sad.
The booklets also help set up role-model situations in which the readers can practice what to say when a drug-pusher comes along with his or her false messages. The readers can answer, “No thanks. I don’t want any part of them,” and say it with conviction and confidence.
As readers are steeped in the true facts of drug abuse, they become more armed then ever to ward off the enticing messages of those who are bent in spreading their falsities.
Perhaps you are in a business that tends to attract persons with backgrounds that include drug use and so you live with this situation every day. It behooves you to offer some leadership to assist people to overcome their problems, because a healthier workforce is a more productive workforce. And that leads to a smoother running company and more bottom line profits.