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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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