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Drugs and Work Don’t Mix

 You want a safe, drug-free environment for your employees.

 We can help.

Drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace can have a severely negative impact on your workplace and workforce: on performance, safety, health and well-being, not only of the individual in question, but also the rest of your workforce. Ultimately, it will even negatively impact your profit margin, in terms of cost to your company in lost productivity, as well as the loss of valuable skills and knowledge held by the employee struggling with abuse.

How you deal with it has equally important ramifications and potential impact on your workplace and your workforce.

Of course, drug and alcohol abuse is complicated and challenging in nature, which is why organizations cannot be expected to navigate dealing with it in the workplace alone. Help and training in this area is critical.

At Waking Up Workplace we understand exactly how much drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace can negatively impact your workplace. We understand all the legal, emotional, and physical ramifications that come with dealing with it incorrectly. And we understand exactly how to help ensure your organization deals with it in the correct, most respectful, safest manner possible. In short, we help American organizations – both large and small, and everything in between – implement practical and hands-on techniques for dealing with drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace that focus on empathy, efficacy and ethical practices.

Why should companies participate in training to deal with substance abuse in the workplace?

Let’s start with some hard, cold facts as to why your company should get the proper training to deal with substance abuse in the workplace:

  1. Did you know that, in Canada, supervisors can now be held personally liable under section 217 of the Criminal Code of Canada for accidents caused due to negligence?
  2. Did you know that you are required to provide substance awareness training about drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace to your managers and supervisors by regulatory safety agencies?

More than just offering kindness and a helping hand to any of your employees in distress due to substance abuse, training on how to deal with drug and alcohol substance abuse in the workplace is becoming a serious, and legal, requirement for the success of our businesses, our economy and our family life.

Employees with alcohol and drug problems can have a significant negative impact on your workplace, affecting attendance, performance, behaviour and safety – both theirs and that of their colleagues. Furthermore, human rights legislation in many provinces in Canada includes drug and alcohol dependencies within the category of a disability under the Human Rights Code. What this means is that you, as an employer, have a legal obligation, along with any moral obligation you may feel, to accommodate these disabilities within your organization.

The best way to fulfill this obligation? Start by learning how to deal with an employee’s substance abuse both empathetically and effectively. This is something which can be achieved only with proper training in the tried, tested and trusted techniques in this arena, such as that offered by Waking Up Workplace Trainings.

What are the advantages to taking these courses?

Waking Up Workplace Trainings offer training courses that can give you, your supervisors, and your managers a solid and comprehensive education on how to empathetically, effectively and lawfully handle substance abuse or misuse in the workplace.

This will allow you and your staff to feel extremely confident in handling this issue if it arises at work.

More than this, it will give you a solid base of information and learning to implement a properly developed company policy that clearly states the consequences to the employee for any drug or alcohol abuse that occurs in the workplace.

Course Overview:
  1. We help prevent workplace accidents by educating your staff about issues of substance abuse and implementing reasonable cause suspicion training guidelines.
  2. We help develop protocols for proper, legal documentation and appropriate discussions with at risk employees that put principles to work in a practical accessible tool kit.
  3. As an independent voice with a level of authority that is outside your organization, we are effective at initiating beneficial changes.
Course Takeaway

By learning to recognize and help “at risk” employees dealing with substance abuse, you can save your company the cost of lost productivity, as well as the loss of valuable skills and knowledge held by that person. What’s more, the burden and cost of such a loss is carried by more than just the company: it is felt by the individual’s family, as well as the greater community. Effective training in dealing with substance abuse in the workplace is therefore critical to far more than just your own company; it is essential for the greater good of the community you live in.

Online Training for Employees and Supervisors

We help organizations—large or small—implement practical and hands-on techniques for dealing with drugs and alcohol abuse in the workplace.

Who it’s for:

Micro & Small Businesses

(up to 25 employees)

Waking Up Workplace Trainings is especially helpful to small business owners and other agencies who have to seek outside training on preventing workplace related drug and alcohol substance abuse in their employees.

When it comes to workplace substance abuse, small businesses have big disadvantages and are most vulnerable in terms of inadequate training because:

  • They are less likely to have programs in place to combat the problem, and are generally less aware and up to date on recent changes in the law around workplace drug and alcohol substance abuse.

  • They can sometimes have an easy going and tolerant attitude to drug and alcohol substance abuse and misuse in the workplace.

  • They depend on every employee to carry their own workload. When that is reduced due to problems with an employee who is under the influence of drug and alcohol substance abuse, both the business and the other employees suffer.

  • Unfortunately, the cost of just one error caused by an impaired employee can devastate a small company.

Medium & Large Corporations

(more than 25 employees)

Waking Up Workplace Trainings offers a valuable service to larger size companies.

Here’s why:

  • By using Waking Up Workplace Trainings as a third party provider for drug and alcohol awareness trainings, many issues can be brought up and discussed in a neutral and objective setting.

  • Protocols for dealing with performance mandates can be improved and supervisors can be shown additional ways to deal with employees who may be in a vulnerable position .

  • Supervisors and Managers of larger companies are “in the front line” of enforcing company policy when it comes to drug and alcohol abuse in the workplace. Safety concerns are of paramount importance in dealing with substance abuse.

  • As a third party provider, Waking Up Workplace Trainings is in a neutral position of helping to re-inforce the corporate culture that is being aspired to, or alternatively, help create one that supports everyone.

What you get:

With our courses, you get all the information governing drug and alcohol substance abuse in the workplace, in a method that is easy to understand.

You will come away knowing:

What your rights and obligations are as an employer.

What the responsibilities of your employees are.
What your responsibilities are as a business owner.
What your liabilities are.
The signs and symptoms of substance abuse—Physical, mental and emotional.
How to develop protocols and an easy system to handle issues as they may arise.

How to develop management protocols to deal with workplace related issues around drug and alcohol substance abuse and misuse.

How to improve your skills to deal with difficult employees and sensitive issues.

Delivering straight up talk— No chaser!

On workplace impairment and safety issues due to drug and alcohol abuse.

Are you ready to wake up? Contact us today!