Employees can sometimes experience personal problems that can impact not only their home life, but their work life as well. Alcohol and drug use among employees and their family members can be costly to an agency by way of absenteeism, decreased productivity, theft, low employee morale, injuries, increased health care, legal liabilities and workers' compensation costs. Many individuals and families face a host of difficulties closely associated with problem drinking and drug use, as well as other personal problems or issues. These problems quite often spill over into the workplace. The workplace, however, can be a space to effectively address alcohol and other drug related issues in an atmosphere that promotes health and wellness. Employers can connect employees to programs that focus on improving health. By encouraging and supporting treatment, employers can dramatically assist in reducing the negative impact of alcohol and addiction in the workplace, while also reducing their costs.
To improve Nevada’s workplaces, Governor Sandoval has started a Recovery Friendly Workplace Program to reduce the stigma of substance use and encourages workplaces to support treatment and recovery. This program encourages business owners to educate their staff and supervisors on substance use and recovery and to develop policies and procedures to support recovery of an employee or support them in caring for a family member in recovery. The program is designed to give business owners free resources, including training, draft policies, and technical assistance to become a recovery-friendly workplace.
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