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Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council



Submission Sessional Committee on the Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community 055 Darwin City Council

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Tabled Paper 381


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Eric Poole


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5.3 EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE National policy A high proportion of people with alcohol dependency problems are functioning members of the work force. The national policy emphasises the need to identify these people as early as possible. The cost to industry caused by their absenteeism, lateness, damage to tools, accidents, poor work performance, erratic behaviour, unreliability and carelessness is enormous, and amounts to something like $2,000,000 per year (Bryski, 1984). Usually, the alcohol dependent worker has a background of sound performance. This is one of the reasons he/she is protected for some time by colleagues, and sometimes immediate superiors, until it is too late and the person is dismissed. The cost of replacing such an employee is high. This is not an acceptable formula in commercial, economic, social, or human terms. Therefore, the national policy recommends the implementation of employee assistance programs. Darwin City Council position On occasion, staff have personal or work related problems which may either prevent them presenting for work or interfere with their ability to perform efficiently and safely. In recognition of this, Council implemented a program in June, 1985 designed by the N.T. Employee Assistance Service (E.A.S.) in Darwin. This enabled employees to seek confidential counselling; provided a 49

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