A number of working professionals are prone to addiction, and secretaries are no different. Studies have found that a number of people who work in the secretary pool struggle with addiction due to stress and other negative emotions. This may be a character trait or it may be related to the job. Either way, addiction is a serious condition that can be harmful to the individual’s job, reputation, relationships and life in general, and it is very important that secretaries struggling with addiction receive the help they need. If you suspect the secretary in your office to be struggling with addiction, watch for the following signs and symptoms in their behavior, and let your human resources department know right away if you observe them:
- If your secretary appears to be intoxicated at work, this is the most obvious and serious sign of addiction, as far as the workplace is concerned. When a secretary has let their guard down enough to be openly intoxicated at work, it is likely that their addiction is very advanced. You can detect workplace intoxication by smelling alcohol on the person, by observing a lack of motor skills or hearing slurred speech.
- Reckless behavior is another tell tale sign that your secretary is struggling with addiction. Addiction is damaging to a person’s mental health and it will become apparent in that person’s behavior. If a person does not yet realize that they are an addict, they will probably be more public about it. If they have been called out on their problem, they will probably try to hide it.
- If you witness secretive behavior in your secretary in the workplace, this can be an indication of addiction. If spouses, significant others, friends, family members, peers or co-workers have approached the individual about their addictive tendencies, it is likely that they have felt shame over their problem but are not ready to give it up. This often makes their behavior go secretive. If you have seen your secretary excusing themselves frequently or you have caught them in a lie, consider addiction the possible cause of their behavior.