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Workplace Wellness Blog

​Alcohol Awareness Training to Meet DOT: Don't Make It All about Signs and Symptoms

Alcohol awareness training is an important function in every workplace where large numbers of employees exist. Most alcohol awareness training is inadequate or too superficial. Before purchasing your training program, be sure to get a good look at the product. Any vendor can do this by simply marking the program as "For Preview Purposes Only". A good example of [...]

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Reasonable Suspicion Training Topic: Throw in Some News and Information on Teen Substance Abuse

We know that the U.S. Department of Transportation does not require that mandatory alcohol and drug education training for DOT supervisors include information like teen drug abuse, enabling, or even job performance related information associated with employee substance abuse -- except of course, how these might affect psycho-motor skills. In other words, discussing absenteeism is [...]

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Start Dealng with DOT Supervisor Myths to Make the Biggest Impact on Referrals to Testing

DOT Supervisor Training and the impact of myths create the maintenance of stigma. They also serve avoid EAP referrals. Supevisors are also more likely to blame and anger at addict for performance issues (and they should, but they won't draw a connection to the the solution--treatment and referral to the company EAP.) Most of these [...]

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Tackling Reasonable Suspicion Training for DOT One Tip Sheet at a Time

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 [...]

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Hmm? Should I or Shouldn't I? Romantic Relationships at Work -- Guidance for Employees and EAP Direct Service

Busier lifestyles have made finding romance more difficult today than in recent memory. With communication technology often reducing human interaction to abbreviated text messages and shorthand emails, many find the office to be a rare exception where they are still able to engage in meaningful, face-to-face interaction with others. Romance at work can be [...]

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Drug Awareness Training for Managers

Stop! If you are instituting drug awareness training for managers, take one step backwards and put together a drug-free workplace policy that recognizes addiction and alcoholism as a chronic disease. Say so, and welcome employees to self-refer or accept treatment after being evaluated by the company employee assistance program following referral by a supervisor. Also, guarantee these employees, in writing, three [...]

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DOT Supervisor Training: Part 1 of 5: Myths and Misconceptions that Don't Match Reality -- One of Five Ways Supervisors Cover Up, Enable, and Sabotage Drug Free Workplace Programs

Bill’s a great plumber. His skills are like nobody's—he’s got the magic touch with plumbing and pipes, and he also has a lot on his mind managing 20 other plumbers, assistants, and an office staff. Unfortunately, seven of Bill's employees drive big trucks and they have unusual delivery shifts around the clock. This means of course that Bill [...]

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Employee Assistance Programs: Understand the Faragher/Ellerth Affirmative Defense

The Faragher/Ellerth Affirmative Defense is an argument used in court against lawsuits for employment complaints like sexual harassment. It can also be used as a defense against any other kind of lawsuit brought by an employee against an employer. Defending against harassment--if one is to have any chance of winning, especially in a jury trial--requires [...]

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Employee Assistance Programs Can Support Employees Using Antidepressants to Reduce Elevated Risk of Death

NEWS ITEM Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by a McMaster-led team of researchers. Researchers reviewed studies involving hundreds of thousands of people and found that antidepressant users had a 33% higher chance of death than non-users. Antidepressant users also had a 14% [...]

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EAPs Massively Overlooked as Customer Risk Reduction Tools by Property Casualty Insurers and Risk Managers

Lew sat quietly in his office at the Chino Mines in the 1950's trying to find a solution to a massive problem he was hired to fix. Lewis Presnall, D. Div.-- was a pastoral counselor hired by Kennecott Copper Corporation to deal with a massive alcoholism problem among workers and their associated problems placing the [...]

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