In 2021 it was reported that nine out of ten people admitted to drinking alcohol while working from home, with the quantity ranging from “just a glass with lunch” to “a whole bottle” to get through the day. Drug driving arrests are also on the rise too. With many employees still working remotely or adopting a hybrid approach, should employers take a greater interest in what their staff are doing in and out of working hours and take steps to help staff avoid becoming intoxicated or using drugs during their working day? Do employers have an obligation to support those suffering with alcohol or drug dependency?
The presence of unconscious bias can be a complicated topic in recruitment. Removing it can be highly beneficial, but how do you do that?