ESPYR Frontline Managers Newsletters

November 2020

This year has been
difficult for many
employees. No one has gotten sick with COVID-19, but I have noticed lower levels of excitement among workers about their jobs and less engagement, meaning they aren’t as passionate, innovative, and initiating as they used to be.

July 2020

Should I worry about
increased substance
abuse among employees
returning to work after
a long absence due to
our state's stay-at-home
order? Perhaps those
with addiction or abuse
issues might have used
more heavily (or
relapsed) without a job
to worry about, right?

October 2020

Many supervisors with whom I have spoken have yet to make a referral of an employee to the EAP. I believe many see the EAP only as a source of help for troubled workers. What are they not fully understanding about the EAP and what it can do?

June 2020

My employee shows up late to work, and I am about to write a corrective letter as a first-level warning. Whatnegative effects of tardiness can I insert into this documentation? And how are supervisors affected if they ignore tardiness?

September 2020

Looking at signs and symptoms of possible substance use on a checklist used for reasonable suspicion, it seems that employees could refute many of the items as unrelated to drug or alcohol use. I am referring to words like “unsteady ordisheveled.” What can supervisors do?

May 2020

How can supervisors support isolated workers who are nowtelecommuting? My telecommuting workers have doubled, and I am wondering what sort of problems these employ-ees will be experiencing.

August 2020

Many employees are now working remotely. Is it appropriate to offer tips and guidance on being productive at home, even if those ideas involve me telling the worker how to engage with family members to keep them from undermining
productivity?

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