When One Drink Becomes One Too Many

Submitted by Dawn on 18th April 2017

HR policies, responsible employer, HR management training, duty of care to employees

Many of us like the odd glass of wine with colleagues to put the world to rights, or an informal brainstorming session over a few beers. Some of the best relationships are formed away from the constraints and routine of the office.

But there’s no mistaking the fact that that alcohol can turn into a serious problem in your workplace if it’s not carefully managed

Would you know what to do if an employee turned up for their shift looking worse for wear? What if rowdy behaviour in the pub brought your business into disrepute? 

And can you differentiate between your staff enjoying a couple of drinks, and your business being faced with a serious issue? 

As a business owner, you have legal obligations under The Health and Safety at work Act 1974, The Transport and Works Act 1992 and The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. 

As a responsible employer, you have a duty of care to make sure that you support your staff through difficult times.  Alcohol and drug related problems are a serious concern and in many cases are illnesses that need to be treated through rehabilitation practices.  Hopefully you already have HR policies in place that provide guidance, but are your managers trained and capable of making sure that employees are treated fairly and consistently.

Would your managers be able to spot potential problems? Do they have the confidence and ability to tackle them? Do they know where to turn to for expert help if things start to escalate? 

If you’re just reading this blog out of interest, and you don’t have an issue like this in your workplace then that’s great.  If, on the other hand you are worried about a current situation regarding alcohol or drugs you don’t have to manage it on your own.

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