Gambling in the workplace

48 per cent of workers say gambling is affecting workplace productivity
||Last Updated: 09/14/2006

Many employers fail to consider compulsive gambling a troubling employee issue because, too often, they are not trained to recognize the warning signs of a gambling addiction. In fact, managers and corporate executives are often surprised to discover how prevalent problem gamblers are in the workplace.

More than two-thirds (66 per cent) of callers into the Chicago-based employee assistance program Bensinger, DuPont & Associates (BDA) throughout March indicated that employees gamble in their workplace. And, nearly half (48 per cent) of the callers report gambling negatively affects workplace productivity.