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Why More Companies are Testing Employees for Drugs

Why More Companies are Testing Employees for Drugs

Recently you’ve probably noticed that more companies are testing employees for drugs. It took me a while to figure out why employers would put this into practice. Many would consider this a strict policy especially since recreational drug use is so common these days. However, after looking further into this practice I found some good reasons that companies would do this. When applying for many jobs a mandatory drug test is a requirement. I reversed the situation and thought about what I would do if I were to own a company. Would I make drug testing a mandatory requirement? The answer was a definite yes.

With that said, let’s explore the top reasons listed by companies for taking part in this practice. After reading them I’m sure you’ll agree that drug testing should be implemented by every company.

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Protection

One of the main reasons that employers test employees for drugs is to protect other co-workers. One of the most important requirements for any employer is to protect the environment of their workers. If proper screening is not done and someone with a drug problem is hired it can be a huge risk to co-workers. An employee with a drug problem can lead to verbal assaults, theft, and inadequate completion of important projects. 75% of co-workers have stated that working with someone with a drug problem is very hard and causes a tense work relationship.

Increase Productivity

This point builds on the previous one and examines how it effects the rate of productivity. For example, employees with drug problems are less productive which hurts the overall work environment. We live in a time where competition is at an all-time high, and companies are trying to stay ahead by increasing growth, customer base, and their bottom line. The only way this is possible is by hiring employees who are self-motivated and give 100% all year long. An environment where workers have a drug problem causes a huge obstacle.

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Deter Drug Use

Random drug testing deters workers from drug use. This procedure was adopted by professional sports teams which have been randomly testing for the past 20 years. Random drug testing makes sure the work environment stays productive and the company stays competitive. 84% of companies do perform random drug tests on employees- an increase of 20% in the last five years.

Reduce Medical Expenses

Fortune 500 companies have ultra drug plans which cover prescription drugs, dental, and therapy. It’s stated that companies spend close to one billion dollars annually to make sure their employees are covered for illnesses so they can get back on their feet. The sooner an employee is better, the sooner he or she is back in the workplace being productive making sure all assignments are completed. An employee with a drug problem will not only be unproductive but incur large medical bills which will be passed on to the company. Additional expenses affect the company’s bottom line, so they prefer to avoid such expenses by making sure all new employees are tested for drugs and existing employees are randomly tested.

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Rehabilitation Option

Random drug testing more quickly identifies employees who have a drug problem. The sooner a problem is detected, the sooner proactive steps can be taken to ensure they get the right help. Many companies have policies which state that if someone has been hired and develops a drug problem, the company will ensure that proper rehabilitation is provided.

The Norm in Society

Drug testing is not only in the corporate environment, but is something which cities and states encourage. Following drug testing procedures establishes credibility within society. The company will be able to take part in government events, and even have other companies sponsor them for events, etc. In the end, the entire process is a win-win for both the company and the city/state.

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Final Thoughts

Companies testing employees for drugs before hiring and randomly after hiring has become a norm in society. Personally, I think having such a policy in the workplace is a positive thing because it protects co-workers, increases productivity, and reduces medical costs. If you are still hesitant about accepting such a policy, ask yourself if you were to own a company whether or not you would want people tested before and after you hire them?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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