While many of us may not consider our colleagues friends, we still do care about them. In fact, we spend more time with them than our friends, and often our families too. However, we so often don’t quite know what’s going on with them at home.
We all have our struggles, and at the moment more and more people are struggling with drug addiction. In fact, 70% of people who suffer from drug addiction are employed full-time, so it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility you know someone who is struggling.
But what should you do if you are suspective of a colleague being in that situation?
Observe and document the behaviour
The first step is to observe your colleague’s behaviour and document any changes. This could include erratic behaviour, mood swings, unexplained absences, or a decline in work performance. Keep a record of any instances of suspicious behaviour, as this can help you identify patterns and provide evidence if needed.
Approach the situation with empathy and understanding
If you suspect that a colleague is taking drugs, it’s important to approach the situation with empathy and understanding. It’s essential to remember that drug addiction is a medical condition, and the person may need support and assistance to overcome it. Avoid being judgmental and try to approach the situation with an open mind.
Express your concerns
If you feel comfortable doing so, you could express your concerns to your colleague. This should be done in a non-judgmental and empathetic manner, and the person should be given the opportunity to explain their behaviour. It’s essential to be supportive and offer to help the person seek professional support if they need it.
Speak to a manager or HR representative
If you’re uncomfortable speaking to your colleague directly, or if the behaviour is affecting the wider team, you should speak to a manager or HR representative. They can help you assess the situation and provide support and resources for your colleague. It’s important to remember that any information you provide should be kept confidential.
If your colleague admits to taking drugs or displays signs of addiction, it’s essential to provide them with support and resources to seek help. This may include providing information about a drug addiction treatment centre or an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). It’s important to remember that addiction is a medical condition, and the person may need time off work to focus on their recovery.