Immediate and Effective Intervention for Promising and Valued Employees
One in ten employees has a drinking problem, and a third of those individuals also use illegal drugs. Unfortunately for their co-workers and the companies for which they work, these “personal problems” often impact the broader organization. For the sake of the individual as well as their company, Seaside Palm Beach has developed an executive intervention program for high value employees with substance abuse. If your organization has an employee who develops a problem with alcohol or drugs, it can negatively affect productivity, performance and morale, as well as put business owners and managers in an extremely difficult situation.
Often, the importance of an employee’s experience and expertise can cause supervisors to (at least temporarily) turn a blind eye to the increasing severity of the employee’s condition. Even as the employee begins to clearly under-perform and negatively impact their colleagues, supervisors may offer multiple “second chances” without ever addressing the real underlying issue in a meaningful way.
Benefits of Executive Intervention
Early intervention can have a profoundly positive impact on both the individual and the organization involved. It is the first step on the road to recovery and helps companies to increase productivity and organizational morale. It also helps them to avoid the legal entanglements (including increased incidents of sexual harassment, accidents and assault, among others) that can result from having an employee battling substance abuse on the payroll.
Organizing the Process
Our interventionists will meet with your company to define the scope of the employee’s problem. They will also educate the employers and co-workers about the disease of addiction and provide a variety of individualized care options and resources.
Once we have defined boundaries, and have agreed on the options for the individual, a direct supervisor will schedule a meeting with the employee. This meeting is the actual executive intervention, and begins with participants voicing their concerns, including:
- How the addict’s behavior affects their job performance
- The risks the company faces
- The impact of their behavior on the organization
The interventionist will then explain the available treatment options to the individual and attempt to facilitate their entrance into treatment.
Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases, and, invariably, the individual who suffers from them will only get worse over time. Unfortunately, your organization will suffer as well.