Lisa P. requested that I assess this problem employee and make recommendations to assist the employee with his “anger management” problems. She said that he could be “rough around the edges” but they had never had a problem with him before. Lisa P. was concerned about being put out of business due to potential litigation. The management team was in conflict about whether or not they should retain this employee based on the potential risk. Following my assessment, I determined that the employee did not have an anger management problem per se, but an addiction to alcohol and that his “anger issues” were symptomatic of his alcohol problem. Three outpatient substance abuse facilities were recommended along with the pros and cons and costs of each one.
I was able to successfully engage the employee and he agreed to follow the recommendations and attend treatment. I was in close contact with the treatment facility throughout his three months in rehab. During this time, the employee and I had weekly phone contact where we reviewed the progress of his treatment. After four weeks of treatment, the employee was able to return to modified assignment and in another two weeks, full assignment.
About a month after the employee completed treatment, I spoke to Lisa P. and she reported the employee was performing well at work and had no further incidents.
The firm ended up retaining me on other substantive issues including/such as; single case insurance agreements, drug testing at the firm and preventing workplace violence.
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