Given nearly 80% of Australian adults are drinkers, 15% take illicit drugs and 11.4% admit to misusing medication,¹ the chances are that these substances are going to affect your organisation – and not just through accidents or injuries.
Not being at their best after a big night or while taking medication can cause employees to make errors, silly mistakes, and poor decisions – which all stack up. These things combine to be a big expense for business – $6 billion per year.²
If you do not take appropriate steps, such as establishing a clear policy and promoting it to your employees, you leave your business at risk for being ruled against in unfair dismissal cases – even if the employee was using alcohol or other drugs in the workplace.
It’s far more cost-effective to invest in developing a comprehensive policy and educating your workers than having to manage an investigation, terminating an employee, then recruiting and re-training someone new.