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Can Long Work Hours Trigger Alcohol Use Among Employees?

long work hoursIn a world as highly competitive as the one we live in today, working more hours than usual has become the norm. For many employees, 12-hour days are typical. The hours become even longer when there are deadlines to beat or presentations to polish. It has become common for workers with families to come home to a house where everyone is already asleep by the time they get there, and everything just seems all right.

While there is nothing wrong with long work hours per se, no one can deny that working long hours brings with it a lot of stress. All that stress may take its toll on the worker sooner or later. In some cases, the stress due to long hours could trigger excessive alcohol intake among workers. At least that’s what a recent study published in the BMJ is saying.

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How Drug Testing in the Workplace and Recruitment Policy Weeds Out Great Candidates

job recruitmentMany organisations are now implementing drug testing during the recruitment process, which, as far as we’re concerned, is the best way to make sure that employers won’t be hiring regular users of illicit drugs. An article by Bourree Lam for The Atlantic, however, raises a valid point about drug testing during recruitment weeding out great candidates as well.

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Alcohol and the Workplace: What are the Effects?

alcohol and the workplaceBelieve it or not, many experts agree that the most dangerous drug in the world is not ice, cocaine, marijuana, heroin, or any other substance that many countries deem illegal. The world’s most dangerous drug is alcohol, a very legal and widely available substance. A number of studies have already reached this conclusion, and very few people would be disputing it.

Whenever alcohol is entered into any situation, the result is almost always a mess. Alcohol, after all, is a powerful behaviour modifier, turning the meekest of people into aggressive and uninhibited individuals. Can you imagine the kind of effect alcohol would have on the workplace?

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Sniffer Dogs Considered an ‘Adorable’ Form of Drug Policy

sniffer dogsTired of ineffective drug policies being implemented by governments? Frustrating these policies may be, don’t forget that everything has a silver lining, and as far as ineffective drug policies go, those adorable sniffer dogs police use to implement drug policies can at least make you forget about how ineffective they actually are. At least that’s what a humour piece on SBS is trying to tell us.

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Understanding Random Drug Testing in the Workplace

random drug testingIt is such a relief to know that over the years, the idea of workplace drug policies and the random drug testing that usually comes with them have taken root in many companies. Today, many employers are already implementing drug and alcohol policies, and many more are expected to put such policies in place.

However, it is an unfortunate fact that many people still see random drug testing in the workplace as nothing more than a sanction against offenders in the workforce. If anything, random drug testing should largely be treated as a prevention and rehabilitation tool.

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