What are the characteristics of Recovery Friendly Workplaces?

The PRISM Team and our participating sponsors have been gratified by the high degree of support we are seeing for January’s event. We also sense that there’s a great deal of interest in learning more about the fundamentals of the recovery friendly workplace concept.

Here are characteristics that are common in Recovery Friendly Workplaces. Based on our experience, there’s a good likelihood that your organization either already shares these values, or can be well-positioned to adapt them in short order.

An unwavering dedication to employees – RFW businesses see their colleagues and workers as people first. They commit to helping employees achieve their full potential and be viewed as valued contributors to team goals – regardless of specific issues they face. RFW businesses often already have programs and incentives in place to recognize the contributions of team members.

An internal commitment to the cause – RFW businesses understand the challenges that are faced by individuals in recovery. They work hard to learn more, provide support, and educate the organization to provide an environment of nurturing and understanding.

A specific emphasis on programs and policies – RFW businesses take the extra step to codify and formalize programs and policies to help employees in recovery. Examples can include providing flexible work schedules so that employees can attend counseling, medical appointments, or hearings. RFW businesses can adopt formal policies that protect employees’ jobs if they require short-term rehab. RFW businesses understand the advantages of retaining loyal employees.

A commitment to community leadership – RFW businesses confidently assert leadership roles in their local business communities. They recognize the inherent benefits of a business environment where prominent employers place an emphasis on providing welcoming workplaces for their employees. Communities with a strong commitment to Recovery Friendly Workplaces realize an enhanced overall quality of life, by supporting every resident with the best opportunity to be their best selves.

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