Employee perceptions of alcohol and drug policy effectiveness: Policy features, concerns about drug testing, and the key role of preventative measures

Brown, Stephen K., Bain, Paul and Freeman, Melanie (2008) Employee perceptions of alcohol and drug policy effectiveness: Policy features, concerns about drug testing, and the key role of preventative measures. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 15 2: 145-160. doi:10.1080/09687630701425592


Author Brown, Stephen K.
Bain, Paul
Freeman, Melanie
Title Employee perceptions of alcohol and drug policy effectiveness: Policy features, concerns about drug testing, and the key role of preventative measures
Journal name Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0968-7637
1465-3370
Publication date 2008-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09687630701425592
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 145
End page 160
Total pages 16
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Abstract As negative employee attitudes towards alcohol and other drug (AOD) policies may have serious consequences for organizations, the present study examined demographic and attitudinal dimensions leading to employees’ perceptions of AOD policy effectiveness. Survey responses were obtained from 147 employees in an Australian agricultural organization. Three dimensions of attitudes towards AOD policies were examined: knowledge of policy features, attitudes towards testing, and preventative measures such as job design and organizational involvement in community health. Demographic differences were identified, with males and blue-collar employees reporting significantly more negative attitudes towards the AOD policy. Attitude dimensions were stronger predictors of perceptions of policy effectiveness than demographics, and the strongest predictor was preventative measures. This suggests that organizations should do more than design adequate and fair AOD policies, and take a more holistic approach to AOD impairment by engaging in workplace design to reduce AOD use and promote a consistent health message to employees and the community.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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