Overcoming Triggers for Addiction in the Workplace
How Does Addiction Affect Employees and Workplaces?
Where and When Does Addiction Affect Employees the Most?
Five Ways Employers and HR Professionals Can Help Employees Experiencing Addiction
1. Give advance warning
- Will an upcoming event have liquor? If so, what other beverage options will be available?
- Where is the office party? What else could it be near? This allows employees a chance to prepare for potential triggers in the surrounding area.
- How many people will be there?
2. Always provide options
- Provide non-alcoholic beverages at all office events.
- Create additional activities for office retreats.
- Never mandate participation in activities that could place people in close proximity to triggers.
3. Change workplace culture to reduce stigma
- Visibly remind employees of the healthcare options available to them through educational materials.
- Allow employees to celebrate sobriety and milestones with coworkers, if they would like to.
- Provide options for Alcoholics Anonymous meetings onsite, after work, or during lunch breaks to make recovery more accessible.