For many employers, DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors is a
cumbersome task. It may seem like a Herculean feat to ensure the DOT’s 60-minute
drug/60-minute alcohol training requirements are met, but it is often retention
of the training supervisors hear and see that proves to be even more problematic.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when training has been completed,
the task then turns to keeping supervisors educated. After all, ensuring your
supervisors have received the very best training is key to identifying,
reducing, and eliminating drug and alcohol incidents in the work place.
the information relevant, memorable, and visual, we thought it was important to
include tip sheets as part of the DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors package. Actually, it is critical. Why, you ask? It’s easy for training to go in one ear and out the
other. Well written tip sheets help keep important information in hand, keeping
supervisors engaged and educated. Each WorkExcel.com tip sheet has been built, modified, and
derived from our work in the trenches with employers just like you.
Continuing education for supervisors or employees in general, starts with gaining an understanding of each of
these sheets, (not all of them for employees) what purpose they serve, how they will help educate your
supervisors, and the link between education and employee interfacing.
Let’s take a closer look at each one!
Sheet Title: The Progression and the Recovery of the Alcoholic
it about? This tip sheet uses a ‘V’ style structure to walk the reader through
the steps, signs, and symptoms of becoming an alcoholic. At the “point” where
the two branches come together, there is a shift to the recovery phase of the
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? Knowing the different signs and
stages of alcoholism and recovery will help supervisors identify these traits
in their team members. They can then better make decision on how to address
potential concerns or support a recovering alcoholic.
Sheet Title: Common Drugs, Effects, and Symptoms of Abuse
it about? This single-page handout lists types of drugs, names, methods of use,
symptoms, and hazards of use. For an individual with limited exposure to drugs
or drug usage, this sheet is a very helpful summary.
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? It offers a snapshot of a
variety of drugs and their effects. Supervisors will learn what symptoms go with
the use of each type of drug. They may also overhear team members using “street
names” of drugs, which will tip them off to potential use, ensuring they can
address anything concerning.
Sheet Title: Understanding Enabling
about? This tip sheet helps employers understand the role they play in
enabling the addiction of an employee. The tip sheet defines enabling at work,
the impact enabling causes, and the potential losses of such actions.
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? By understanding their role in
holding a team member accountable, a supervisor will be better prepared to
discontinue the cycle of enabling a team member’s drug or alcohol use. It’s
hard to think of drug or alcohol use as being a cause for concern in the workplace,
but it should be considered as a potential issue if a team member who has had
outstanding performance in the past suddenly becomes a concerning employee.
Sheet Title: How an Employee Using Drugs or Alcohol May Behave
it about? This tip sheet provides a great perspective on how the level of
efficiency in the workplace changes as drug or alcohol abuse increases over a
period of time. It also includes the behaviors that may be exhibited (i.e.
arriving late to work) as this progression takes place.
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? This sheet helps to call out
specific behavioral acts that a supervisor should be on the lookout for if they
are suspicious of drug or alcohol use. It’s actually surprising to learn what
behaviors may be the result of drug or alcohol use, which may otherwise be
overlooked (i.e. saying they are being treated unfairly).
Sheet Title: Thinking About Your Drinking
about? This tip sheet takes a closer look at alcoholism by defining
alcoholism and who is susceptible. A self evaluation is included in the sheet
as well as discussion on how to eliminate denial, methods for self-assessment,
and suggestions for EAP intervention.
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? Though one might think this
specific tip sheet is written for employees to use as a self-assessment, it is
a powerful tool for supervisors to offer to team members as well. It is often
difficult for a supervisor to broach the subject of addiction with an employee,
but this tip sheet helps bridge that gap. It also helps to show how having
effective DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors in place can make a
difference in your workplace.
Sheet Title: Checklist for Reasonable Suspicion of an Employee
Under the Influence of Alcohol or Other Drugs
it about? Even the most seasoned of leaders who have undergone extensive DOT
drug and alcohol training for supervisors may second guess themselves when it
comes to reasonable suspicion. This handout is a great help as it lists
specific questions in terms of signs and symptoms to be asked when assessing a
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? By taking the guess work out of
a reasonable suspicion assessment, supervisors can feel more confident in their
efforts to identify and address potential drug and alcohol related issues in
the workplace. This sheet is comprehensive and leaves no stone unturned. The
result of the assessment should leave the supervisor feeling confident in
having obtained a true analysis of the situation. Thereby allowing them to take
action if needed.
Sheet Title: Enabling in the Workplace/Functional Alcoholism
it about? This tip sheet breaks down enabling in the workplace in to four
categories: Supervisor, Coworker, Work/Organization Culture, and High Risk
Jobs/Occupations. Each category then lists factors that enable an addict to
continue their addiction. For example, a supervisor who may threaten but not
follow through on disciplinary action is an enabler. Additionally, the
discussion turns to what functional alcoholism isn’t. This means that by saying
an individual is a functional alcoholic, you are accepting their alcoholism.
The tip sheet asks valuable questions to determine if you are an enabler and
shares tips on how to put an end to it.
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? By gaining an understanding of
acts of enabling, supervisors can help change enabling behaviors. Much of what
causes supervisors, coworkers, or organizations to perpetuate the cycle of
enabling is a lack of knowledge of what contributes to it. By gaining a better
understanding of how an addict is enabled in the workplace, supervisors can
really make a difference in the support they offer.
Sheet Title: Reasonable Suspicion Excuses and Missteps: Ten
for the Road
it about? Bringing to light some of the mostcommon comments or excuses is the “Ten for the Road” tip sheet. Each
comment is followed by the fact that should offset it. This is especially
important information for leaders to have when they begin to second guess
This Sheet Help Educate My Supervisors? It’s a difficult situation for
many supervisors to be in when they may have worked side-by-side with a team
member who is currently being assessed. This tip sheet helps to ensure that
supervisor stays on target. You have to overlook that friendship at times (and
the well-practiced excuses of an addict) to make sure you are keeping the
company and employees safe, while doing what you can to help the struggling
team member get help.
the Link Between Education and Employee Interfacing?
DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors is crucially
important. Being well informed, educated, and consistently reminded of the
importance of identifying and eliminating workplace drug and alcoholism is the
key to a successful training program. Each of the tip sheets discussed has been
written to help remove the guesswork from reasonable suspicion assessment. These
tools and resources should help all supervisors to be more confident in their
ability to assess, approach, and offer help to a struggling team member. In
addition to DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors, organizations should
thoroughly train their supervisors on the Employee Assistance Program (EAP),
its benefits, and how to quickly and easily access it.
For more information on comprehensive, insightful, and top of the line
DOT drug and alcohol training for supervisors visit WorkExcel.com.
What makes our program unique? DOT drug and alcohol training for
supervisors can often be complicated, cumbersome, take hours to complete, all
with limited retention. WorkExcel.com has streamlined this process ensuring the
DOT’s requirements are met quickly and efficiently. Our program is easily
modified to meet your organization’s specific needs, is offered in a variety of
formats, allows you to train one or an unlimited number of supervisors,
includes test questions and answers loaded with educational content, comes with
8 content-loaded tip sheets, and includes a certificate of completion for all
course participants. The program can also be customized to include your
organization’s logo, forms, inserts, and handouts. In addition, we offer
integration with AICC and SCORM learning management systems.