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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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Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

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