What Do Drug-Free Workplace Incentives Look Like?

Drug-free offices are a great way to boost your company. Drug-free programs offer advantages like better productivity, fewer call-outs, lower health care premiums, and fewer safety concerns. Were you aware that maintaining a drug-free workplace can also bring financial incentives? Continue reading “What Do Drug-Free Workplace Incentives Look Like?” »

Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?

A rising number of companies are developing a relaxed company culture which includes some sort of after-work drinking, like a happy hour. However, there is a fine line between encouraging professional social mingling and throwing a free-for-all party.  Continue reading “Should Your Workplace Have a Happy Hour?” »

Worried Your Employees are Using? Learn More about Designer Drugs

Kansas City employers know they need to be on alert for signs of common drugs like marijuana and cocaine. However, there is a different narcotic that employers need to watch out for: designer drugs. Test Smartly Labs will help you navigate the facts of designer drugs. This information will help you be in a better position to protect your workforce.

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What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?

The end of June was accompanied by a groundbreaking decision: the FDA approved the first cannabis-based drug. This drug, Epidiolex, is designed to help combat 2 types of epileptic syndromes. These new pharmaceutical developments raise interesting questions and problems for states, like Kansas and Missouri, where marijuana has not been legalized. What does the advancement of cannabis-based medicines mean for employers in the greater Kansas City area?  Continue reading “What Does the First Cannabis-Based Drug Mean for Employers?” »

Protect Your Fleet from Accidents Caused by Marijuana

As more and more states move to legalize medical marijuana, with some even progressing towards legalizing recreational use, concerns about the safety of marijuana use continue to surface. One study found that marijuana use was linked to brain abnormalities in brain regions responsible for emotion and motivation. Research from Columbia University has shown that marijuana is beginning to contribute to more traffic deaths than in years previous.

We’ve delved into the research and what your company can do to protect against drugged driving.

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Choosing the Right Panels For Your Company’s Drug Testing Program

Employees can be a company’s greatest asset–or the greatest liability. Average employers actually pay twice their employees’ salary in taxes, benefits, and training costs. The cost of replacing a salaried employee is equivalent to six to nine months of their pay. Employees are valuable investments that need to be looked after. One of the best ways to protect and provide for your workforce investment is with drug testing services. Let’s take a look at drug testing options for businesses in the greater Kansas City area:

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Should You Require Seasonal Employees to Take a Drug Test?

There is seasonal employment to be found every summer in Kansas City. There are amusement park jobs at Worlds of Fun, counselor positions at the dozens of day-camps in the metro area, and lifeguard positions at neighborhood pools. If you’re out and about with your family this summer, you’re encountering seasonal employees. Have you ever considered whether these staff members have been adequately drug-screened for their position?

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What Can Employers Do to Encourage a Drug-Free Workplace?

If you’re an employer focused on the well-being of your employees, there are a few steps you can take. One step is implementing a drug-free program in your workplace. If you’re curious about how a drug-free program can help your office, let Test Smartly Labs give you some ideas! Continue reading “What Can Employers Do to Encourage a Drug-Free Workplace?” »

Suicidal Thoughts Linked to Illegal Drug Use: What Can Employers Do?

Test Smartly Labs knows how much employers care for the mental and physical health of their employees. As an employer, did you know that illegal drug use can adversely affect a person’s mental wellbeing as much as their physical welfare?

A 2014 study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) concluded that adults who abuse illegal drugs have higher rates of suicidal thoughts than non-users. SAMHSA concluded, from data collected in their 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, that drug use has a very serious negative impact on an abuser’s mental health.

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K2 in the Workplace Goes Undetected

Many employers and court officers require routine drug testing to ensure that employees are staying drug-free and healthy. However, one drug has become increasingly common over the past few years and it’s flying under the radar. K2 synthetic marijuana is not usually detected on a traditional drug test. Test Smartly Labs explains why: Continue reading “K2 in the Workplace Goes Undetected” »