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You Have Your CDL; Now What?

Congratulations! You have joined drivers across the nation who have chosen commercial driving as their profession. You passed your course and the driving test, so you’re ready to start driving, right? Not quite. There are still some tests you’ll need to pass before you get behind the wheel of a big rig. One of those tests is a DOT physical to ensure that you’re healthy enough to hit the road.  Continue reading “You Have Your CDL; Now What?” »

Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs

 

Past data taken from millions of workplace-related drug tests show that U.S. workers testing positive for illicit drug use is now at its highest level in a decade.

Detection of illicit drugs— ranging from marijuana to heroin to methamphetamine—increased both for the general workforce and the “safety-sensitive” workforce, which includes those operating large pieces of machinery such as truck drivers, pilots, subway engineers, ship captains, and other transportation workers. Continue reading “Increased Rates of U.S. Workers Testing Positive for Illicit Drugs” »

The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms

If you’re in the transportation industry in Kansas City, you probably know all about DOT testing. If you employ individuals to drive your vehicles, you fall under regulations for DOT drug and alcohol testing. This program mandated by the federal government serves to protect drivers, employers, passengers, and passersby. DOT testing involves following strict rules and regulations, with one of those being the restroom in which the urine sample is collected. Continue reading “The Rules and Regulations Behind DOT-Approved Restrooms” »

Ten Tips for Motivating Employees

Staff morale is more complicated to measure than sales but the morale in your office is essential to the success of your organization. The mental wellbeing and satisfaction of your staff are important for your business because unhappy employees have a higher chance of being unproductive.

If you do not address the issue of unmotivated employees early on, your business may incur costs later due to high turnover and inefficiency. Motivating your employees is not necessarily expensive. Learn how to apply basic principles of motivation to your workplace. Continue reading “Ten Tips for Motivating Employees” »

How to Excel at Time Management

Time is scarce in our busy lives. It’s even more precious in the corporate world. Mastering time management is a crucial skill for any business leader, and it’s an important value to pass on to your employees.  Continue reading “How to Excel at Time Management” »

DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized

Last fall, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) made a final ruling on the proposed rules to include opioids in their drug testing panel for safety-sensitive employees. The proposal went into effect on January 1st of this year. What does this mean for employees who must abide by DOT regulations?  Continue reading “DOT Four-Opioid Panel Testing Rule Finalized” »

DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs

 

A more intense DOT testing process began earlier this year. On January 1, 2018, in addition to the existing DOT drug testing panel that includes marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, phencyclidine (PCP), and opiates, drivers also started being tested for four semi-synthetic opioids: hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone.  Continue reading “DOT Drug Testing & Safety-Sensitive Jobs” »

How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair

If you’re a Kansas City employer, you know what fall means. We’re not just talking about football games and bonfires. Open enrollment is just around the corner. One way to kick off the season is an employee health fair. Health fairs can educate employees on wellness tips and encourage them to take steps toward preventive and/or diagnostic care. If you’re interested in hosting a health fair for your employees, here are a few recommendations: Continue reading “How to Host a Successful Fall Health Fair” »

Understanding the Drug-Free Workplace Act and Who it Affects

As a business owner, you may feel that you don’t need to worry about employee’s using drugs in the workplace. Small business owners don’t often think that their employees would use drugs or that their new hires would come with baggage.

Businesses that don’t have drug-free workplace programs attract workers who are most likely to abuse the owner’s trust and use drugs and alcohol. Studies have shown that 44% of full-time employed drug users and 36% of heavy drinkers work for businesses with less than 25 employees, while 43% of drug users and 47% of heavy drinkers work for companies that have between 25 and 500 employees. These statistics should encourage you to have a drug-free program in place if one doesn’t already exist. But did you know that some workplaces are required to have a drug-free program?

Continue reading “Understanding the Drug-Free Workplace Act and Who it Affects” »

Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace

Procrastination can be the ultimate enemy of your company. When an employee drags their feet on accomplishing a task, it can negatively harm productivity. However, procrastination may be more than just a bad habit. There are several different factors that can lead to procrastination and there are several ways to fix the issue.  Continue reading “Overcoming Procrastination in the Workplace” »