Author: Jessica Sussman
When to Use This Policy
The negative effects of a gambling problem can cause a serious impact on the workplace. This may occur through the gambling employee or an employee whose family member has a gambling problem. Gambling may result in a variety of workplace issues including decreased employee productivity, criminal activity and theft. Employees with gambling problems are likely to become preoccupied with gambling at work and may miss project deadlines, meetings and produce poor work product. Physical and emotional problems related to gambling addictions are also associated with decreased work performance and attendance.
A sound gambling policy is especially important for employers that deal with significant amounts of cash, are located near gambling venues, have flexible work schedules, frequently send employees away from home or employ recovering gambling addicts. The purpose of a gambling policy is to communicate the employer's universal expectations for all employees regarding gambling in the workplace.