Workplace addiction often happens innocently. Co-workers celebrate the end of a day or week together with a happy hour. Celebratory drinks bring a hard sprint of working to a close. Everyone gets to enjoy each other on a personal level instead of a professional level as they indulge in intoxication together and shake the stress of the work week past, as well as the work week coming. Office wide drug abuse can become problematic quickly. Morning drinks, drinks hidden in coffee mugs, afternoon drinks nobody talks about, having a round in the office before heading out of the day- drinks can add up. For an employee who is not genetically predisposed to addiction, the all day drinking is not a problem, though it can become one. Employees who are genetically predisposed, however, take a liking to the alcohol consumption more than other employees. Something within them is chemically altered beyond intoxication. The chemical presence of drugs and alcohol in their body will trigger an addiction which could become fatal.
Office drinking wouldn’t be a necessity or a ritualized part of office culture if jobs weren’t so high stress. Many jobs today are high stress, causing stress for their employees both in and out of the office. Americans work more hours for less pay than many major countries throughout the world. They are stressed, have financial burden, and often don’t have room to grow in their positions. Unable to cope with the stress in an effective way, they turn to drugs and alcohol for support.
Companies who offer a culture of wellness encourage employees to have fun at work, relax, and enjoy themselves with wellness activities. Sterile, productivity-focused companies which do not present any kind of flexibility or consideration toward their client’s mental health could contribute to addiction and substance abuse behaviors by many of their employees. Wellness activities could be part of the office design offered every day, specific events and days of the month for wellness.
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