Drugs And Their Effects On Business Drugs are used heavily for recreational purposes. It is becoming more common for addicts to get high at work. Stoned workers are inefficient and are costing companies millions in accidents and los t productivity. Searches to catch users have raised questions of the right to privacy. The problem has become so big that companies have banded together to form rehabilitation programs to help the affected workers. Drug use affects employees for one re ason or another in every position of a company, and this greatly reduces the efficiency of those employees, and this has prompted companies to initiate illegal searches, which question the rights of employees, and rehabilitation programs.
Drug abuse causes many serious problems that could have been avoided if the user wasn’t on drugs. The problem of drug abuse has its worse effects when the persons using drugs are responsible for millions of dollars in equipment, money, or lives. The armed forces w hich are responsible for the defense of the nation and its interests should be ready at all times. But due to drug abuse the performance of military personal can be seriously reduced. An air crash in 1985 on the aircraft carrier Nimitz killed 14 crewmen and autopsies revealed that 11 of them were on drugs. “(The U.S.) spends billions of dollars on military defense, and our military may be crippled by this drug problem.”T Drugs cost a lot and the need for them is ever increasing.
A drug habit can quickly drain a worker’s pay check while he still needs more drugs. An employee will embezzle to raise the funds necessary to buy more drugs, an employee in a high place has access to embezzle large amounts of cash or sell company secrets to rival compa nies or foreign powers. Drugs reduce the ability to make decisions, and if the addict is responsible for large amounts of cash the effects can be distasterous. The sales end of companies have been renowned for indulging in wine, women, and song before o r during the actual transaction, but the adverse effects on the decision making process by drugs and alcohol can induce the parties to buy at high prices or not buy needed supplies, which can cost large sums of money. Rival companies can even “pressure a drug-impaired executive into taking actions that hurt his company.” “The abuse of drugs by executives causes disterous problem nationwide.”Drug abuse also causes a leech effect on productivity due to workers not being at their best state o f condition. “Working while intoxicated, whatever the drugs, both the individual, the industry, and society.” Workers on drugs are uncoordinated and unalert.
Uncoordinated workers on an assembly line have a higher percentage of error than their sober counterparts making for defective parts and merchandise which will be returned by irate customers. This will cost a company in worthless merchandise and unhappy customers who most likely will not use their products again. A worker with drug proble ms also misses more days on sick leave than a worker without a drug problem. “We are just beginning to recognize the problem.” The addicted drug users all have some type of reason for using drugs, or getting addicted. The reasons for people u sing drugs on the job are as varied as the drugs themselves.
There are both stereotypical and practicality reasons for using drugs on the job. A chronolgical reason for drugs filtering up into business is that the drug oriented students of the sixties g rew up and went into careers bringing their drugs with them. Blue-collar workers use drugs to relieve the boredom of menial work. Years of working on an assembly line may create a high amount of tedium that only drugs can relieve. People in the high pr essure of white-collar jobs that create tension are prone to drug abuse. Manager types get paid well and “They are used to feeling masterful and are not likely to view drugs as threatening” so the odds are high of them getting addicted even though they are used to clean living. Jobs that require creativity such as artists use drugs to stimulate their creativity. The most logical reason for drug abuse is the accessibility of drugs at work and in society.
If drugs are so accessible then of course there are going to be abusers. The government has tried to stop the flow of drugs inside the United States, but they haven’t had any overwhelming success. Cocaine is becoming more popular because it provides an intense high that gives the user the feeli ng the he/she can do anything, and cocaine is easy to hide and use. Workers have devised many ways to use and move drugs through a company, such as sending drugs through normal interoffice messenger services, or switching drugs with medicine bottles and using them in front of everyone. Executives with their own offices have an even easier time taking drugs because of the privacy of their offices. In some cases drugs have become a part of company procedures.
Sales have a reputation of warm up meetings with alcohol and now drugs are added to these parties in order to persuade customers to buy the product or service. In fields where the workers are addicted like modeling cocaine is buried in the budgets. This wide and open use of drugs have encouraged companies to do their best to crack down on drug users in the company. Companies are attempting to stop their employees from being on drugs. Workers are even turning in their fellow workers. Mainly because they are tired of working around stoned pe ople who may be a danger to themselves and the people around them.
In attempts to do something effective, companies have initiated illegal searches of the private property of employees. Illegal searches are being done under the assumption that an employ ee is the property of the company and that the company can threaten the employee’s job. A reason for doing more detailed searches of an employee is because “the only time (anyone) sees the workers with problems is when they reach the surface and by then (the employees) are pretty well gone.” Material searches are of an employee’s belongings and are designed to find the drugs themselves. The most common procedure is when company officials cut the locks of employees lockers and then search for co …