When addiction strikes the corner office, it can be quite alarming. You may be wondering what you can do to help a boss who is struggling under the weight of addiction. Working underneath a boss with addiction can be miserable and difficult when you have to cover for a boss who is falling behind at work, has mood swings, or creates a volatile environment. An intervention may be a good way to support their journey to recovery.
Interventions for bosses can be tricky but there are some ways to handle supporting your boss while doing it with care and planning. No matter which route you take, you will want to prepare by having some of the following documents of problematic behavior:
- Frequent absences or tardiness
- Complaints from co-workers
- Illogical behavior that may range from too enthusiastic to hostile
- Deteriorating health or hygiene
Keep a log of the date, place, description of behavior, and names of anyone else present to corroborate the issues. Don’t be afraid to try and offer help for your boss but determine the best way to approach it given your relationship and experience at the company.
Because of the power dynamics, a casual conversation about drugs and alcohol is usually inadvisable. If you are concerned about your job or the company’s future, it can help to be polite and compassionate when lodging an appeal. It may be risky but if you have a good, solid, long-term working relationship it may be beneficial.
Most companies have policies in place against drug and alcohol use in the workplace. There may be employee assistance programs, built-in support systems and ways to impact a person professionally and personally. Start by speaking with a human resources representative about procedures to move forward.
Professional Assistance Programs
Certain fields have professional assistance programs to accept doctor referrals, lawyer, or other professionals who can support someone with addiction. The programs can maintain anonymity and are highly successful in treating addiction.
In the absence of an employee or professional assistance program, the employee may enlist services of a professional interventionist who specializes in interventions for executives.
Another way to help your boss may be to express openly and honestly your concerns with his or her supervisor. Interventions are often most effective with the person confronting the boss with addiction has a position of authority over the other person to leverage them entering treatment.
Oceanfront provides executive coaching for individuals who work in the C-Suite and are professionals in the workplace needing support for addiction. We provide confidential, flexible scheduling of treatment options to provide the best support for your journey. Let us help you get well and back into the corner office feeling healthy: 877-279-1777