Roots of Corporate Wellness – Substance Use

The Roots of Corporate Health & Wellness are the 5 primary indices that impact an employee’s and a company’s health and productivity. The Vendura Wellness roots are:

Substance Use

This root of corporate health accounts for the use of substances including alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Substance use by employees can cause problems at work including after-effects of substance use (hangover, withdrawal), preoccupation with obtaining and using substances while at work or after work. This can lead to increased stress interfering with attention and concentration, and overall affect job performance and contribute to absenteeism, illness, and/or reduced productivity.

Did you know?

The use of substances results in a large amount of direct and indirect costs to Canadian businessessuch as, higher insurance rates, increased absenteeism, and decreased productivity8.  A total of 15.3% of North America workers reported using alcohol or having a hangover at least once at work in the past year. Furthermore, 19% reported doing so monthly and 11% weekly14. These numbers have a direct impact on costs for companies. Studies have estimated a total cost of $597/year and $2,500- $3,396/ year per employee that uses excessive alcohol or consumes cigarettes respectively15, 17, 31.