For multinational businesses, the issue of workplace substance misuse is particularly hard to handle. Even the best-organised teams can’t micro-manage employees across the globe – especially if staff only work on short-term contracts or operate remotely.
The solution, then, is writing and implementing a clear SAMP (Substance and Alcohol Misuse Policy) that applies to teams across borders. This policy should be supported by a POT (Programme of Testing) that sets out a clear rationale and process for implementing tests in different workplace situations.
There’s one small problem: while the importance of workplace testing is accepted in most regions, the legal permissions and workplace cultures around testing employees change from country to country.