Holidays and office festivities are occasions for business parties or any number of festive celebrations which your company might enjoy. Your employees, however, may be suffering from alcoholism or drug abuse, which will only increase during these times of “eat, drink and be merry.”
Naturally, the whole of point of the “eat, drink, and be merry” is the end part “…for tomorrow we die.” It is meant to be a futile statement, intended to produce as much celebration as possible before returning to the doldrums of work. Naturally, it is something that many people think, whether consciously or sub consciously, will help them to make their lives more interesting.
This is a mistake.
This is a big mistake.
The entire point of the original statement was made before wartime, when everyone feasted and enjoyed the pleasures of life before they met the oncoming battle and perhaps gave their lives for their country or cause or whatever. In today’s world, unless your job involves being whipped half to death while being tied to a stake, your career shouldn’t suffer because you have this “wartime” mentality. However, the low emotional intelligence of many employees have led to experience severe psychological pain, which results in the need to numb it or mask it with some sort of illicit substance. Thus, substance abuse in the workplace is born…
Naturally, workplace drug testing does a little bit to repair this damage, just from the threat of job loss alone. However, it is otherwise very inept in preventing such behavior, and really, such behavior cannot be prevented. It can only be tested, caught, and then evaluated after the fact. Onsite drug & alcohol testing has made employee screening much easier and quicker, but it still cannot prevent anything. However, drug and alcohol testing is not meant to be preventative. It is meant to give you information, so that you can make future decisions. This is insanely helpful if you have one opinion of a worker and in reality their performance is not as good as someone else’s because the first person was high at the time. First impressions are easily manipulated, and that’s what many addicts count on. Help your business to stay healthy.
This article has been taken from : http://www.mediscreen.net.au/eat-drink-and-be-merry/