Identifying Gambling in the Workplace

Henry Lesieur, Ph.D., researched the effects of problem gambling in the workplace in the mid 1980s. He identified the following warning signs which may indicate an individual has a gambling problem:

  • Excessive use of telephones (to call bookmakers, stockbrokers or to obtain credit)
  • Taking the company vehicle to the race track, card room, casino, etc. (parking tickets near gambling locations area "red flag")
  • Absences from work, often for part of the day (typically after lunch)
  • Arriving late for work (related to all-night card games, casino trips, anxiety-related sleep disturbances)
  • Vacation days taken on isolated days rather than in weeks (or vacations taken to gambling locations on a regularbasis)
  • Sick days taken immediately or ahead of time
  • Failure to take days off (obsessed with getting money to pay gambling debts or afraid to take a day off because ofa fear that embezzlement or fraud will be discovered in their absence)
  • Changes in productivity (which seem to be related to mood swings)
  • Organizing office pools and gambling junkets
  • Borrowing money from co-workers or arguing with co-workers over failure to pay debts
  • Embezzlement, defrauding customers or engaging in employee theft for resale