With respect to employees, alcoholism results in various issues at workplace, like poor performance, negative morale, health issues, etc.
In order to fight alcoholism at your workplace, as an employer, you need to take measures to keep a close check on employees abusing alcohol. Let's see how.
Use of alcohol against the laws
This becomes a reality when your employees are not involved or influenced by alcohol or other illicit drugs at workplace. As a matter of rule, make 'use of alcohol' as against the practices at workplace. By this, it will be easy for you to implement the norms as a policy measure.
As an administrative measure, this should be taken into account immediately. Send inter office memos to employees in this regard. Let them be aware of the consequences, including formal notifying, warning, or in the extreme case termination of employment. Make sure these go via proper channels at the organizational level.
Identify alcohol abusing employees:
In view of this, monitor and document regularly the behavior, performance, attendance and any misconduct with co-workers until you get a strong clue that the employees are under the influence of alcohol. Look out for a confirmatory indication that the employee is under the influence of alcohol at workplace. Once identified, refer the employee for counseling.
Make alcohol testing mandatory:
Before you take the extreme step to remove the employee from the organization, it is sensible to conduct alcohol test using test kits. These include breathalyzers, urine test, or blood test. These kits are safe, accurate, fast and reliable. Make sure that the alcohol testing policy you pursue is in compliance with the state laws.