How can an employer identify an employee with a gambling problem?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

An employee with a gambling problem may exhibit the following signs:

  • Increased stress;
  • Increased tardiness;
  • Extended lunch breaks and absences from work;
  • Requests for advances in pay or pay in lieu of vacation or sick time;
  • Requests to borrow money from co-workers;
  • Bragging about gambling winnings;
  • Moodiness and irritability;
  • Decreased productivity and lack of concentration and motivation;
  • Theft; and
  • Signs of financial distress such as collection calls, garnishments and lawsuits.

An employer should be aware that problem gamblers often move their gambling to the workplace to hide it from their families, so colleagues are often the first to become aware of this activity.