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According to a survey by Protecting.co.uk, a third of workers in Britain have admitted to using drugs in the office, and virtually every employee say they’ve been drunk when they were on duty.
Surveying over 2,600 workers in office, factory, retail and the public sector, the survey found 85% of respondents admitted to being drunk at work in the last year, not including the Christmas party.
More than three out of 10 (31%) also admitted to being drunk at work, or having their capacity to work significantly diminished through alcohol, at least once per week.
Of these, office workers were more likely to be drunk during official hours, while those working in retail or public-facing jobs were more likely to go the day sober.
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To make things worse, 28% of employees admitted using drugs while in the workplace, including so-called ‘legal highs’, cannabis and other illegal narcotics
Additionally, 5% of factory workers said they had used machinery after using drugs.
“The worst thing is, people under the influence of drink or drugs in the workplace also increase the risk of an accident as they put both themselves and their colleagues in danger,” said Protecting.co.uk spokesperson, Mark Hall.
What was quite frightening, the survey added, was that the huge majority of those who admitted taking drugs at work thought the practice was “harmless”, and that “a bit of blow is no different from smoking a cigarette.”
Some stated they drank or took drugs “to relieve the tension of working all day,” while others blamed boredom, simply saying that “it helps the day go faster.”
“Protecting.co.uk says that bosses need to be clear with their employees that drug use and drunkenness is unacceptable in their organisation, and they need to be seen to be enforcing their policies,” the survey stated.