Drugs Have No Place in the Workplace Written by Mark Kraemer on 4/18/2016 3:29 AM in drug testing, drugs in the workplace, employee management. It has 1 Comments. The influence of drugs and alcohol in the workplace can cause an abundance of issues, resulting in an array of expenses to business and industry. Are you identifying workers who may need help and protecting your company against the unnecessary costs of addiction with drug testing? The impacts of drug dependence in the workplace are serious Most prevalent in the food service, installation, maintenance and repair, construction and excavation, and mining and drilling industries, drug dependent employees can become a drain on your company with: Absenteeism and added sick leave. Tardiness and sleeping on the job. Higher turnover. Lost efficiency/production. Poor decision making. Increased injury and accident rates. Premature death/fatal accidents. Increased legal liability and workers’ compensation costs. Preventing drug use from overpowering your workplace As an employer, you can positively assist employees in managing addiction while also reducing costs by encouraging and promoting: Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) These confidential, short-term counseling programs address a multitude of issues, from drug abuse to financial and marital issues, which can affect an employee’s performance. They may refer alcohol and drug abuse dependents to other providers for additional treatment help. The programs are typically staffed by professional counselors, and can be operated in-house or through EAP agency providers via contracts. They are a great way to help employees and quickly pay for themselves in reduced healthcare costs. Drug Free Workplace Policies Including written substance abuse policies, mandatory drug testing, and information on the hazards of substance abuse. Are you missing out on programs essential to the health of your business and employees? Minnesota Comp Advisor has your needs at heart. Learn more today.