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Substance Abuse Mitigation

Substance abuse may include alcoholics and drug users; their behavior will be different than other workers on the job. In what ways can alcohol and drug use affect job performance and career success? What are some ways that employees with alcohol and drug problems can deal with their problems? In your opinion, what can employers do to assist employees? Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources.

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Substance abuse for many years has created many challenges for business leaders, managers and even other employees. Employees that are on drugs or alcohol, and try to work, put not only themselves at risk but also other coworkers at risk, for they are working alongside the intoxicated individuals. "Employees who abuse alcohol and drugs (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs) - either on their own time or at work - can pose significant and wide-ranging problems for employers, managers, and coworkers. These problems can include diminished job performance, lowered productivity, absenteeism, tardiness, high turnover, and increased medical and workers' compensation bills. Employees who abuse drugs and alcohol can also make a workplace more volatile and more dangerous, and they can expose employers to legal liability" (Guern, 2012, p. 1). Those employees who abuse drugs and alcohol usually have a slower reply time or reflexes, and if he or she works behind machinery, this will put higher liabilities on the employers. There is a greater chance that these employees will be hurt on the job, costing higher workers' compensation insurance. The chances ...

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In 734 words with a reference, this solution discusses how substance abuse affects on job performance, and how employers can deal with and help their employees that have drug problems.