How to introduce drug testing to your workplace

An employer is faced with many tough decisions, especially in this challenging economic time. One way in which employers keep their business afloat is to cut costs and expenditures. In order for a business to thrive, its employees must be sober and stable. The overall health and well being of all the employees is essential for the smooth operation of a company. If employees are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they become liabilities for the company and increase costs for the company.

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How to Handle On-the-Clock Drug Use

Although the signs of on-the-clock drug use can be similar to off-the-clock abuse — such as increased moodiness, excessive weight loss, poor work performance, and argumentative behaviors — handling drug use at the workplace is a different process.

When an employee engages in drug use when on-the-clock, they put their coworkers, clients, and customers at risk, posing medical, financial, and legal liabilities to your company. Worried that one of your workers is unfit for duty do to drug use? Here’s how to proceed.

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Instant Drug Tests: Not as Handy as They Seem

As an employer, you likely seek out solutions that combine time and cost-efficiency, plus convenience. It’s also key to make sure that all of your internal processes follow applicable laws — especially when it comes to your workplace drug testing.

If you have a drug testing program in place, you’ve probably heard of instant drug tests that seem ideal for pre-employment, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, and random drug testing. But did you know that instant tests actually run the risk of weeding out people who are not abusing drugs?

At Test Smartly Labs, we advocate the use of instant drug tests as screening tools to be used in conjunction with further testing when necessary. Here’s why we see instant drug tests as instant drug screens.

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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” »

How to Address Absenteeism

Our last post, Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace, noted the causes and consequences of frequent absenteeism in the office. Here are some more tips for you if you’re trying to monitor the absentee rates at your workplace. We’ll also share some advice for handling absent employees. Continue reading “How to Address Absenteeism” »

Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace

Absenteeism is commonly defined as the regular or intermittent absence from work which may either be habitual or intentional. This phenomenon can be a major problem for any company or business. Although every employer knows that employees will miss a certain number of work days, excessive absenteeism at work is a major issue. Continue reading “Absenteeism in the Workplace: A Modern Menace” »

Common Places Employees Hide Their Drugs at Work

Drug users are desperate and creative. They will try to find a way to stash them at work. If you think that your employees are abusing illegal substances, you should be aware that they might try to hide them at your workplace.  As an employer, you’re responsible for maintaining a safe and productive workplace. You should be aware of common hiding spots so that you are prepared in case one of your employees is abusing drugs. Continue reading “Common Places Employees Hide Their Drugs at Work” »

Company Car Policies: Liability, Insurance, and Substance Use

Many businesses commonly use a company care to make their employees’ lives simpler. These programs, however, can also cause issues for business owners. Providing employees with company cars is a double-edged sword. Employees may abuse the perks by using the cars for personal errands and everyday use.

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Sober Minders Keep New York Executives Away From Drugs

New York executives have assistants to manage their calendar, clean their houses, and handle their finances. Now they can add another person to the payroll. High-powered businesspeople are hiring “sober minders” to help them stay away from drugs and alcohol, as reported by The New York Post.
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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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