A gambling disorder can have a variety of negative impacts on the workplace ranging from decreased employee productivity to theft, embezzlement or fraud.

To determine whether an employee is struggling with a gambling problem, consider the following warning signs:

  • Gambling longer than planned
  • Gambling until the last dollar is gone
  • Thoughts of gambling preoccupy daily life
  • Bills begin to go unpaid
  • Attempts to stop gambling are unsuccessful
  • Criminal activity to fuel gambling
  • Borrowing money from friends and family
  • Feelings of depression or suicide after losing
  • Feelings of remorse after gambling
  • Gambling to meet financial obligations

Employers and co-workers are often in the unique position to observe a gambling problem, provide intervention resources and potentially assist in the recovery process. Consider these steps to mitigate the potential impact of problem gambling on your organization:

  • Provide management training about how to identify and address a potential gambling problem
  • Provide awareness training and confidential resources for all employees
  • Develop a company gambling policy that is consistently enforced


Find a counselor to work with in your area or have materials sent to you in order to better equip your organization.

To watch a brief video on starting a conversation with an employee, click here.