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The drawbacks of having an addicted employee

If addiction exists in your workplace, it is advised to weed it out. It is advised not to make the mistake of putting the job of the employee on the line. Rather, it is best to deal with their addiction problem instead of dealing with them.  

Below are some of the implications of having an addicted employee

Reduced productivity

It is a known fact that addiction reduces productivity and the reason for this is not far-fetched. When an individual is addicted, their primary focus becomes their addiction and nothing else. This is not surprising because addiction has the capacity to make itself the center of focus.

Hence, the employee begins to lose interest in work and increases his attention on his addictive habit thus reducing productivity.

Possibility of influencing others

When someone is addicted, they have the tendency to influence those around them. For instance, if the addicted employee has close colleagues at the workplace, they could get influenced in no time.

The fact is no one loves to be left out, so if a colleague sees his partner doing something else that looks cool, there is a chance for them to follow suit in no time. If care is not taken, a number of employees in the organization could become addicted in the long run.

Possibility of losing clients and potential ones

An employee who is addicted would not take cognizance of the company’s mission and value statement.

This means their interaction with clients could be at risk because they don’t know what they are doing. Allowing such employees access to clients is risky as it could mar the organization’s image.

It is important for organizations to take proactive steps when it comes to addiction in the workplace. They should avoid sending the employee out of the organization. Rather, they should help the employee seek help.

Also, the organization should ensure that they look out for other employees to prevent a repeat of having addiction in the workplace.

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