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NCJ Number: 120123 Find in a Library
Title: Contrasting Organizational Responses to Alcohol and Illegal Drug Abuse Among Employees
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:451-471
Author(s): W J Staudenmeier Jr
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 21
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The example of the employer response to substance abuse provides an illustrative case of the importance of environmental influences in shaping the employer response to worker deviance.
Abstract: Despite similar claims of the ill effects of worker abuse on the business interests of employers (e.g., absenteeism and lost productivity), abuse of alcohol and drugs are defined differently, the proper limits of employer interest are defined differently, and the two substances are dealt with quite differently, strongly influenced by the organizational environment. The author describes major differences in employer control efforts in the policy areas of identification, discipline, and rehabilitation for alcohol versus illegal drug cases and provides a conceptual framework for thinking about these differences and the influences on them. 15 notes, 37 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Substance abuse in the workplace
Index Term(s): Alcohol abuse; Drug abuse; Employee drug testing; Employer attitudes
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