Gambling addiction, like other addictions, disrupts or damages both a person’s personal and professional life. As with other addictions, it can impact the workplace. Many people gamble as a recreational activity and do so without incident. But for some, the practice insidiously takes over more and more of the individual’s life.
Many who have entered gambling treatment programs admitted to having committed an illegal act related to their gambling, including embezzling from their employer.
At first the person enjoys the experience and the excitement; then becomes preoccupied with it. As it progresses the gambler starts to cover up or lie about their activity. Chasing a pot turns to chasing losses in an attempt to break even. The person may borrow money from others, including colleagues at work on the pretense of other needs. Irritability or depression may make itself evident, affecting not only the person, but those they work with.
We help you identify signs of gambling at the early stages and show you how to guide your employees to the help that gets their lives back on track