Lending a friendly ear goes a long way

A personal view on the importance of reaching out – and listening – to employees struggling with addiction, mental health issues
By Allan Kehler
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2014

Addictions remain a serious problem that many individuals struggle with, and the workplace feels the effects of this with lower productivity, attendance and team morale.

Two-thirds (67 per cent) of HR professionals consider substance abuse and addiction to be one of the most serious issues they face in the workplace, according to a 2007 survey of 300 American professionals by Hazelden.

However, only 22 per cent of those professionals felt their company openly and proactively dealt with these issues.