How do employees benefit in Recovery Friendly Workplaces?
Recovery Friendly Workplaces provide significant value for employers and the community at large. Equally important, employees in recovery experience numerous benefits in these working environments. By helping workers make progress in their recovery journey, the employees, their families, friends & coworkers and the environment around them, experience a healthier and more positive culture.
Specifically for RFW employees, positives are evident both in the recovery process and in the work environment.
RFW employers customarily provide employees with opportunities to attend therapy sessions, support group meetings, hearings, and medical appointments, without jeopardizing their job security or performance. RFW organizations also often excel at providing a range of resources, such as employee assistance programs (EAPs), counseling services, and treatment referrals. Doing so can be crucial in helping employees maintain their recovery, reduce the risk of relapse, and cope with any ongoing challenges they may face.
Workers in recovery tend to value the support they receive. This often translates into increased overall productivity and a positive impact on the organization’s bottom line. When individuals feel valued and understood — and when they see evidence of ways employers stand behind them every day — they are much more likely to stay on the job and build expertise in the work they do. Organizations benefit from having higher employee retention and a workforce that excels at their responsibilities.
As a society, the ongoing impact of substance use and mental health disorders take a significant toll. When organizations invest the time, energy and resources to embrace a recovery-friendly work environment, the benefit is widespread, beginning with those who are directly engaged in their recovery journey.