Seeking Drug and Alcohol Treatment for Employees
If you currently know of or have known of an employee who needs drug and alcohol treatment, it is likely that you are frustrated.
As an employer, you have a range of options available, but the action that many employers are likely to take is to fire the employee in question. Employers may think that is this the most practical and viable option. Dealing with employee drug or alcohol abuse seems troublesome, and hiring a new employee altogether seems as if it is the best choice for the company. But that choice may be wrong.
There are numerous reasons why employers may want to consider sending their employees to a drug and alcohol treatment center. Some of the reasons are practical – increased job satisfaction, or the use of fewer health care dollars – but other reasons may actually affect the company’s financial situation. It is expensive to find and train new employees, and it may actually cost less to send your employee to a drug and alcohol treatment program rather than to find someone new. The following includes some, but not all, of the reasons to send an employee to a drug and alcohol treatment program.
Employee Drug or Alcohol Abuse:
Reasons To Finance Employee Treatment
Productivity. Employees who are sent to a drug and alcohol treatment program will experience a boost in productivity. Employee drug or alcohol abuse is detrimental to the company – he or she may not be productive at work because they may be experiencing symptoms of withdrawal, or they may be trying to recover from the night before. Either way, employees lacking treatment cannot focus on their tasks at hand, shortchanging the employer and the company. Treatment is essential to this employee. Afterward, he or she will be more responsive to their superiors, and in general, he or she will be a healthier employee physically and emotionally.
Job Satisfaction. If an employee suffering from drug or alcohol addiction is a supervisor in any regard, after treatment, the employees who they oversee will also experience increased job satisfaction. Employee drug abuse and alcohol addiction affects everyone in the workplace. It impacts many functional areas of the company, as the workplace is heavily affected by negative attitudes. After treatment, the employee will be able to perform better at work, managing their workload and others more efficiently.
Company Loyalty. Employees who receive drug and alcohol treatment will be much less likely to injure the company in an inadvertent way, such as damaging the company’s reputation. When employees are actively using, they are not good ambassadors for the company or the community. Interactions with clients and co-workers will suffer, and attendance may often be a problem. However, employees sent to get treatment will do and feel the opposite – they may experience feelings of greater loyalty toward a company willing to provide them with assistance and help while they are dealing with their disease, and will “pay” the employer back with increased productivity, a boost in work performance, and company loyalty.
Recovery Time. Employee drug or alcohol abuse is a problem that can be treated within a reasonable amount of time. In residential recovery, employees who receive alcohol and drug treatment will be expected to attend a treatment facility for four weeks, and can begin work again in six to eight weeks. This recovery time is relatively short, especially in comparison to medical leave for lengthy operational procedures. The recovery time is not extraordinary, and the benefits, overall, are great.
Retraining and Rehiring Costs. The cost to find middle- to high management is substantial, and a missing employee puts a burden on additional employees to perform extra duties until that position is filled. Oftentimes, financing these costs can be more expensive than the cost it takes to send an employee to drug and alcohol treatment. There are several different costs that employers can expect to pay for when losing and attempting to replace an employee: