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Why Drugs and the Workplace Don’t Match

drugs and the workplaceDrug abuse in the workplace is a growing problem for many employers. Studies conducted about the issue may vary in their results, but they are one in saying that most illicit drug users are actually employed. With so many employed drug users, consequences abound for both employers and employees. Drugs and the workplace certainly don’t match, and here are some of the reasons why.

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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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