Personality disorders are related to drug and alcohol abuse on the jobsite. Work-to-family conflicts and family-to-work conflicts both equally contribute to mood swings, depression, psychiatric disorders and personality disorders. They are also likely to contribute to increased chances of drug abuse or alcoholism. This was studied by Michael R. Frone, who only used test subjects who were married or who had a child of 18 years or younger. This was meant to determine anxiety or stress at work which is caused by direct familial interactions and vice versa, and marital and parental responsibilities are among the largest forms of familial influence (as opposed to sibling influence, etc.) which can contribute to conflict or be affected by conflict. Employees who experienced conflict were several times more likely to have mental disorders or resort to alcoholism or drug abuse in order to deal with these stresses in their lives than employees who lacked these conflicts. What does this mean for your business?
Well, first of all, it is important to take responsibility for the part of their lives which you do have control over: their workplace. If you reduce conflicts on the jobsite, you will be reducing stress in their lives, and thus the likelihood that they perform below company standards for work performance.
Secondly, drug and alcohol testing in the workplace is helpful for determining any possible stresses which may be occurring off the jobsite, especially if this particular employee does not have a track record for incompetent behavior. You will be able to determine if this is likely to happen again, and if their personal problem may only be temporary and should be handled with discretion. Often, this is not an actual mental disorder, but just a temporarily high stress that they are encountering off the jobsite which may be causing them to lash out in unprofessional ways. However, both drug abuse and personality disorders are both directly affected by conflict so this is something to avoid on the jobsite.
Whether conflict is likely to occur on your jobsite or not, drug and alcohol testing partially gives you the ability to determine how stressed out your employees may or may not be. Contact CMM Technology today to find out more about drug tests and breathalyser devices: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.