2021.10.12 Addiction In The Workplace

It is estimated that 70% of the 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs, and 80% of the 12.4 million heavy drinkers are employed.  According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc. (NCADD), drug abuse costs American employers $81 billion annually.

The National Safety Council estimates that 130,000 employed Utahns and 215,000 of their dependents struggles with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), costing Utah businesses $478 million dollars per year.

The Salt Lake Society of Human Resource Managment Chapter (SLSHRM) in partnership with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the world-leading authority on research, education, prevention and treatment of SUDs, are providing the region’s  1st Annual Salt Lake Human Resource Symposium on Addiction in the Workplace designed to deliver the most current, business-related information regarding addiction, along with leading-edge skills and tools to Human Resource, Benefits and Corporate Legal Professionals committed to addressing this significant workplace issue.

The Cost of Addiction in the Workplace

presented by Robert Poznanovich, VP of Business Development, The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Bob’s presentation will explore the dangers of substance use in the workplace. He’ll discuss current trends, risks, and the direct and indirect costs to businesses and organizations while considering how comprehensive behavioral health benefits can actually save a company money in their overall healthcare spend. Bob will walk participants through rapidly changing state laws around recreational marijuana and the emerging impact on the workforce providing suggestions and considerations to implement immediately.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the disease of addiction/mental illness and how stigma prevents individuals from seeking help.
  2. Identify the impact of addition in the workplace featuring cost and outcome data
  3. Implement strategies to mitigate the oncoming challenges associated with addiction in the workplace such as the legalization of cannabis, and the post-pandemic tsunami of workforce demand of addiction and mental health resources.

The Hero’s Journey Supporting Your Troubled Employee for Success

presented by Jeffrey Mangrum, Account Manager, The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

This exciting, interactive multimedia presentation led by Chicago playwright, Jeffrey Mangrum, delivers an emerging leadership model designed to provide HR Professionals with effective skills and tools to fully support troubled employees, particularly through this unprecedented pandemic era.  Weaving together the work of renowned scholar, Joseph Campbell, with proven leadership techniques, this presentation will change how HR Professionals view their role of “Mentor” and how to best lead their troubled “Heroes” toward solutions.

Following this presentation, participants will be able to: 

    1. Identify and master the universal six-step process that all employees must navigate while in pursuit of a difficult goal such as recovery from addiction.
    2. Use the skills and tools provided in the presentation to overcome the troubled employee’s reluctance to begin the journey and seek treatment.
    3. Develop a personal Management Action Plan (MAP) designed to effectively reintegrate the newly recovering employee back into the workplace.

Legal Panel Landscape of Addiction in the Workplace

Panelists: Bob Coursey Esq SPHR SHRM-SCP, Employers Council and Hans M Scheffler, VP, Assistant General Counsel - Litigation, WCF Insurance

Our legal panelists will provide introductory material addressing corporate policy, guidelines and procedures, along with worker’s comp issues businesses must address in keeping up with the changing landscape of addiction in the workplace.

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