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Most executives understand the inherent cultural and operational value of sustaining a drug-free workplace. Other executives, whether they see any inherent value or not, feel compelled to face the issues because of external pressures, especially regulatory pressures. Thus, virtually all medium to large companies have created and implemented drug abuse or drug-free workplace policies. Unfortunately, many executives struggle with such policies and often tend to see them as "drug-testing programs" or some form of "necessary evil" rather than as programs that truly contribute to the company's overall goals.

This session will provide some initial insight into the nature of substance abuse, offer tips on the phases of abuse, and discuss ways that managers and executives can deal positively with a valued employee who surfaces as a possible abuser. Primarily, it will examine the nature and objectives of drug-free workplace programs to help you assess what you might do differently to make such "programs" far more effective, meaningful, and directly attuned to managing your core business. For many, this session provides some welcome relief from the anxiety of not fully understanding what to expect from such programs and not knowing how to administer one. The concept here is taken right from the experts in this field -- manage your core business very, very well and you will be doing 90% of what it takes to make your company a drug-free workplace.

Presentation/discussion. Handout materials. Access to Websites, if available.

Executives, managers, key supervisors. Could be adapted for a group of first line supervisors.

Size Group: 
From 5 to 20.

Estimated Time: 
3 hours.

Classroom or conference room, depending on size of the group. Large marker board or flip chart. Access to Internet, if possible.