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February/March 2018 (vol. 14/5)

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Problem gambling in the workplace, Part 3

Part 3: developing and supporting a workplace policy

Summary:

In the last of a three-part series of articles on problem gambling in the workplace, Annika Lindberg discusses development of a workplace gambling policy.

THE two previous articles in this series have discussed the symptoms and identifiable behaviours that a person suffering from gambling problems might present with in the workplace1,2. There are steps an organisation can take to increase awareness and protect both the workplace and its employees from this addiction, which, as previously discussed, can lead to serious upheaval for the employee and significant costs for the workplace. This final article in the series focuses on those steps, including the development of a workplace gambling policy.

 

Annika Lindberg is a chartered counselling psychologist who has specialised in problem gambling for the past 13 years. She was one of the first psychologists working for the National Problem Gambling clinic in London (the only existing NHS treatment clinic for problem gambling) when it opened in 2008. She now works in the OH department at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation trust, where she runs a cognitive behaviour therapy clinic for staff.

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2018 (vol. 14/5) pp31-34

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