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The Alcohol and Drug Foundation’s Workplace Services team has assisted a range of organisations in reducing the effects of alcohol and other drugs in their workplace. This includes collaborating with industry leaders in the construction, sport, and government sectors.

 

A Trans-Tasman organisation

What was the issue?

A large national organisation decided to change their relationship with alcohol amid ongoing negative publicity about their company culture and misuse of alcohol.

And the solution?

The organisation worked with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation to develop a better alcohol culture.

  • The first step was to conduct an organisation-wide review of the company’s existing alcohol culture across its Australian and New Zealand offices. This process involved surveying all employees, holding focus groups with management, and engaging an independent consultant to conduct a physical audit of the work environment. Following this review, the organisation was able to use the collated data to implement evidence-based changes specifically designed to improve the company drinking culture and reputation.
  • The first of these changes was to develop a tailored alcohol policy and training package which could be implemented organisation-wide. This was developed in consultation with a working group consisting of employees from each office and in different managerial positions.
  • The company also developed a compulsory training package for all new workers. Existing employees were expected to participate in annual alcohol education and awareness to reinforce the new culture.
  • Finally, the organisation implemented event management protocols to reduce the number of incidents occurring at the various workplace events held throughout the year.

What was the result?

  • The number of negative media reports reduced by 38% in the past three years following the roll-out of the new initiatives.
  • The majority of employees agreed the initiative was needed to instigate attitudinal change.
  • The organisation has incorporated the policy changes into its annual plans and established key performance indicators against the initiatives.

 

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