Most businesses will at some time encounter problems related to employee drug or alcohol use. We are dealing with a real problem that costs UK industry over 8 billion per annum – something that indisputably costs individual businesses money. Yet according to the CIPD only around 60% of organisations have measures in place to deal with this cost effectively.
It is simple and cost effective to implement a drug and alcohol policy and management framework. When using UKASSA clients have full financial control as to which services they require and therefore how much is invested in managing the problem versus incurring the costs and risks involved in not having anything in place.
UKASSA offers an elective approach to the services on offer. Organisations can freely select all, or any individual one of the seven services. Each organisation will be unique in its needs and this approach allows us to create the best, bespoke solutions for each client. Uniquely, our clients only pay for the services that they need as and when they are required. Many companies’ who pay annually for EAP plans find that their services are under utilized and therefore a waste of money
It can be up to four times more expensive to waste time following the disciplinary route, dismissing, and incurring the extra costs of hiring and retraining a replacement employee compared to putting the employee concerned into a high quality treatment and rehabilitation program. Furthermore, it is in every company’s commercial interest to be seen as an organisation that deals with people fairly and ethically.
It is socially responsible to help to guide the individual concerned into professional treatment rather than dismiss in order to recruit and train replacements. UKASSA can help organisations to meet their Corporate Social Responsibilities in looking after their workforce.
The World Health Organisation classifies addiction as a disease and as such companies need to treat the problem as a health matter as opposed to a purely disciplinary matter – it is illegal for employers to dismiss employees simply because of a drug or alcohol problem
It is in every organizations commercial interest to tackle these problems sooner rather than later. The correct approach is to proactively manage drug and alcohol problems out of the organisation – not the people!