If you have hard-charging salespeople on staff, keep an eye out for steep drops in their productivity, requests for pay advances and questionable absences and expenses.
Reason: Those are signs of employees with compulsive gambling problems. And counselors and health professionals say sales employees account for a disproportionate share of at-work gamblers. Guard yourself against legal repercussions by writing a policy that bans on-site and computer-based gambling and lays out the consequences. Online employer resources: www.ncpgambling.org and www.gamblersanonymous.org.