Should Vape Pens Be Allowed in the Workplace?

Just twenty years ago, smoking cigarettes was still legal indoors and it was almost a requirement in corporate America in preceding eras. Now, workplaces have no-smoking policies or designated outdoor smoking areas. In recent years, using a vapor pen in the workplace has been the solution to this problem. The question now is whether they are really safe and whether employees can be trusted to use them responsibly? Continue reading “Should Vape Pens Be Allowed in the Workplace?” »

Drug Testing Cocktail Cheats: Employers Watch Out

People want to have it all, drugs and a job. While drug use outside of work is a debated topic, anyone who is going to great lengths to hide their habit won’t be the best choice of employee. So the prospective employee can’t afford any of the hoaxes online like detox shampoos or dyed hair to beat follicle drug testing, so what do they do? Look around the kitchen!

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Opiate Addiction and the Workplace

Emergency room deaths by opiate overdose have now surpassed overdoses from cocaine or methamphetamine, combined. This is really saying something, in 2015, two-thirds of the 33,000 drug overdose death toll were opiate-related.  Continue reading “Opiate Addiction and the Workplace” »

Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?

One might think of a stimulant addict to be an individual that needs them to make it through multiple, low-wage jobs that require motivation to do boring tasks. That is just what makes workers in finance, tech, business, and the arts alike abuse Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta — make it through the flood of tasks to gain a competitive advantage and keep up. Continue reading “Has Your Adderall Use Gone Too Far?” »

What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?

Your employees could help you great the best business possible, or they could completely bring it down. The cost for replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their salary. Investing in employees means you need to be sure you are getting what you think you are. There are plenty of factors you should consider when choosing a drug test for your business.  Continue reading “What Are the Right Drug Panels For Your Employees?” »

Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing

Employers haven’t always put the time and money into drug testing their seasonal workers. However, drug testing is economical and mandatory testing is important for some seasonal workers that assume a higher level of responsibility. There are plenty of businesses that don’t drug test and end up with a fleet of substance abusers, which means safety and productivity go down and you are at a higher risk for liability. Below are some of the top jobs that rely on safe, drug-free seasonal workers. Continue reading “Top 3 Seasonal Work Industries That Need Drug Testing” »

Creating or Updating a Workplace Drug Testing Policy

Unfortunately, it is more common than not to have to deal with workplace substance abuse issues at some point. You can’t always tell exactly who someone really is after only a couple meetings. Ensuring that you have a reliable workplace pre-employment screening plan, as well as a drug and alcohol policy is the best way to protect your employees and company from harm. Continue reading “Creating or Updating a Workplace Drug Testing Policy” »

Top 4 Stressors That Lead to Drug & Alcohol Abuse

Many people begin using drugs and alcohol during times of stress, even if they don’t realize it. Humans aren’t naturally stressed so use easily turns into abuse. Taking a quick look at the top stress factors that lead to drug and alcohol abuse could help you, a co-worker, or a loved one begin to find the root of problem. Continue reading “Top 4 Stressors That Lead to Drug & Alcohol Abuse” »

Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?

There are a rising number of companies that have a relaxed company culture which tend to include some sort of drinking, like a cocktail hour. However, there is a fine line between encouraging professional social mingling and basically having a party.  Continue reading “Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?” »

Jobs With the Highest Instances of Drug Abuse

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Some industries have to deal with a higher rate of employees struggling with addiction. These could be jobs that don’t necessarily take precautions, like doing drug testing, against addicts becoming employed or are jobs that lead to substance abuse through access to drugs or work-stress. Continue reading “Jobs With the Highest Instances of Drug Abuse” »