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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Employers: Are You Testing Employees for Drugs and Alcohol?

Remembering to feed the dog, straighten your tie, print the report for the meeting, and get to work on time can be enough some days. So trying to remember which of your employees needs a drug test can just about put you over the edge. Small to medium-sized business, especially, have a lot to juggle when it comes to human resources and managing everything that falls under that umbrella. Luckily, Test Smartly Labs makes the drug and alcohol testing piece of things much easier for you and your employees. Continue reading “Employers: Are You Testing Employees for Drugs and Alcohol?” »

Business Owners Ask: What if My Employees Use Drugs?

Working to keep your workplace free of drugs and alcohol? Best practices say that an employee handbook and workplace policies regarding substance use (and substance abuse) need to be clearly posted and communicated.

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Employers: Have You Hired a Drug User?

We’re talking to you. If you’re in charge of hiring at a small/medium-sized organization or larger, statistically, you’ve most likely employed a drug user. How do we know? Well, because an astonishing number of drug users are reportedly employed. Continue reading “Employers: Have You Hired a Drug User?” »

Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace

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The number of drug overdose fatalities rises every year. According to the CDC, between 2000 and 2014 the number of opioid-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled; prescription opioids and heroin being the top culprits, and fentanyl has risen with other opioids since 2015. Pain drugs like oxycodone and fentanyl are particularly tricky because they can be found through prescription and on the street. Continue reading “Preventing Overdose Fatalities for a Healthy Workplace” »

Drug Testing Cocktail Cheats: What Employers Need to Know

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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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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Primary Motivators for Employee Drug Testing

Drug users are in Kansas City, and they’re looking to hide their drug use from their employers. Simply put, you can’t afford not to have drug tests in this day and age.

In case you need some convincing, here are the primary drivers for drug testing that we’ve noticed as providers of workplace drug and alcohol testing.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip the Background Check

Hiring is an in-depth process. It involves legal considerations and requires you to squeeze the interview process into your already full schedule. Beyond gathering applications and scheduling interviews, there are several details that can’t be forgotten. Background checks are a basic part of the hiring process.

Some employers think that background checks don’t apply to their line of business or they aren’t worth the time. The truth is that background checks should be just as important to you as writing the perfect job description or sending applicants through three rounds of interviews. Continue reading “3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip the Background Check” »