Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Alcoholism in the Workplace - how to help your business and your employees

Coronation Street is currently running a storyline on alcoholism in a work environment.

Peter Barlow who has a history of alcohol problems opens a new wine bar (not the best idea in the world) and once again he begins drinking.

Being drunk will eventually create:

  • loss of productivity and poor performance;
  • lateness and absenteeism;
  • safety concerns;
  • team morale and employee relations problems;
  • bad behaviour or poor discipline;
  • adverse effects on company image and customer relations.

    And, as Peter is the owner/manager untold problems will unfurl - which is exactly what the writers for Coronation Street want!

    However, for a more serious point of view Nick Poole of Latimer Hinks explains what to look out for and how to deal with these problems from a legal perspective - Alcoholism in the Workplace

    There is even a blog dedicated to this subject Raise the Bottom.

    HSE produce a leaflet Don't Mix It - A Guide for Employers on Alcohol at Work

    Alcoholism is a serious problem, please take relevant advice from professional advisers

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