The nation's substance use epidemic touches us all, including the business community. Employers have jobs to fill but hesitate to hire workers with a drug-use history. Workers recovering from addiction want to work but aren't given the chance. Other workers might be addicted, but go undetected, putting workplace safety at risk.
Improving the safety of Summit County workplaces benefits everyone. A workplace where employees can thrive is an environment that helps businesses thrive. Recovery Friendly Workplace Summit County aims to promote worksite wellness, increase access to support for personell struggling with substance misuse, and reduce the stigma of addiction.
Workers in recovery play a critical role in keeping our region’s businesses healthy by improving workforce health and productivity. Employers who hire people in recovery observe workers who exhibit better health, attitude, productivity, and individual and organizational performance. Workers in recovery can improve their employer's bottom lines by utilizing less healthcare costs, having fewer unplanned absences, and lower turnover rates than their peers.
In our region, Recovery Friendly Workplace Summit County (RFWSC) is a group of forward-thinking employers working collectively across industries to improve the health of its workforce and our community.