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Are Drug Tests Effective?

drug testing in the workplaceIt is but normal for employers to become increasingly concerned about the growing incidences of substance abuse in the workplace. Many employers, however, have decided to take action instead of worrying about it. They developed drug policies for their companies, with most of them instituting drug tests in the workplace in accordance with those policies.

The question is, are drug tests effective? Are these drug testing programs effective in deterring current and potential employees from using marijuana, cocaine, and other drugs? The answer is a resounding yes.

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Should Cigarette Breaks be Banned in the Workplace?

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For a long time, businesses have been allowing cigarette breaks for their employees who smoke, but the results of a US study may make them change their minds about it. An article written by Rachel Wells for The Sydney Morning Herald says the study reveals that each employee who takes cigarette breaks costs companies more than $3,000 a year.

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How to Deal with an Alcoholic Workmate

alcoholic colleagueWith heavy drinking considered as a cultural norm in Australia, it is very likely that you have a colleague at work who is technically an alcoholic. More often than not, however, the managers or supervisors in your workplace haven’t really done much about it, especially when the company you’re working for doesn’t have a clear drug and alcohol policy in place.

Still, it is the responsibility of employers and managers to deal with an alcoholic in the workplace, especially when that alcoholic is already starting perform poorly at work. Intervention becomes even more urgent if the employee is assigned to a safety-sensitive job.

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