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9

Jul

2019

Digital Addiction in the Workplace

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Technology over the past decade has found its way into practically every part of our daily lives.  It has transformed how we communicate, the way we interact through social media, the access we have to information, how we shop, and how we conduct business – just to name a few examples.  You look around anywhere these days, and people are staring at their electronic devices, and many feel helpless without them.  As a result of this heavy dependence on technology, it should...

18

Jun

2019

What Does a “Dilute” Drug Test Result Mean?

Author: Susan Chance

Some drug test results return as “dilute.” While a result of “positive dilute” is a positive result, a test that shows “negative dilute” does not necessarily mean the test is negative.

28

May

2019

ASE Reasonable Suspicion Training Provides Supervisors and HR Professionals Information to Address Potential Drug Use on Site

Author: Michael Burns

In response to Michigan becoming only the tenth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, ASE is now sponsoring a class to train supervisors, managers, HR professionals, and others to address reasonable suspicion behavior. Despite marijuana use being legalized in Michigan, employers have control to prohibit an employee from being under the influence of marijuana, just like alcohol, at work.

21

May

2019

Employers are Struggling to Support Employees with Mental Health or Substance Abuse Problems

Author: Heather Nezich

New research from Standard Insurance Company (The Standard) finds that employers are struggling to support employees with mental health and substance abuse issues and aren’t confident in their ability to provide appropriate accommodations.

14

May

2019

Well-being Plans are on the Rise in 2019 and Include Financial Incentives

Author: Heather Nezich

A recent EPTW poll revealed that 64.2% of our readers’ organizations offer a formal wellness or well-being program.  Large employers are expected to spend an average of $3.6 million on wellness plans in 2019 to help create a healthier and more productive workforce, according to recent research from the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and Fidelity Investments. The annual Health and Well-Being Survey found that 40% of these budgets will be applied to providing...

7

May

2019

When an Employee or Candidate Can’t Provide a Drug Testing Specimen

Author: Susan Chance

Have you ever sent an employee for a drug screen only to have them not be able to provide a specimen for testing? If so, were you prepared with a backup plan? If not, you should review your testing policies and make sure you have a plan in place. Being unable to provide a specimen or having a “shy bladder” could be caused by a medical issue and may be covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

30

Apr

2019

Getting Sleep?

Author: Kevin Marrs

Did you stay up too late to watch Game of Thrones?  Perhaps you simply stayed up late to finish a project for work.  In either case, if you did and lost just a mere 16 minutes of sleep a new study suggests that the sleep deficit likely negatively impacted your job performance and quality of life.

16

Apr

2019

What if Measles Strikes the Workplace?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

As of April 8, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 39 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019.  Oakland County has 38 cases, and one was a Wayne County resident.

16

Apr

2019

Positive Drug Test Results on the Increase

Author: Susan Chance

Quest Diagnostics recently released results from their most recent data analysis of over 10 million employment drug test results. Back in 2010-2012 their analysis showed a 30 year low in positive drug tests. Unfortunately, in 2017 and 2018 the positive rates were at the highest level in the past 14 years. I’m sure this comes as no surprise as marijuana becomes legal in more states, and we continue to deal with the opioid crisis.

19

Mar

2019

Workplace Stress – A Major Concern for Employers

Author: Heather Nezich

American workers are working longer and harder than every before…and their stress levels show it. Virtually every employee is affected by job stress at some point.

26

Feb

2019

Personalization and Technology Can Improve Well-Being Outcomes

Author: Kevin Marrs

According to a recently released survey by Welltok, a leading consumer health SaaS company, more than half of workers (56%) say the health and well-being programs offered by their employers are irrelevant, suggesting that current efforts by employers to enhance well-being among their staff may be misplaced.

8

Jan

2019

Help Employees Keep their New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions by Providing Healthy Snacks

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

The holidays are officially over.  After weeks of abandoning exercise and restraint when it comes to eating, many employees have made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape.  For 2019, polls indicate that 38% of Americans have made losing weight and exercising their number one resolution.  Unfortunately, it is no surprise that very few of us actually keep this resolution.  According to statistics, 92% of people don’t keep their New Year’s...

18

Dec

2018

Avoid Holiday Hangover

Author: Susan Chance

We are in the thick of the holiday season, with all the gatherings that include delicious foods and fun beverages. Some of the little bites can seem so harmless, after all, they are so small. And who’s counting the drinks?

18

Dec

2018

The Office Flu – What Causes It and How to Avoid It

Author: Heather Nezich

Every year, workplaces throughout the U.S. become incubators for the flu virus, with employees and employers likely fueling the flames, according to a new survey from Staples Business Advantage.  More than two in five employed adults (44%) reported contracting the flu last year, and 45% of those respondents blamed their colleagues – yet many workers and employers are failing to take proactive steps to prevent the disease’s spread.

11

Dec

2018

Employees Are Stressed Out

Author: Sara Sosnowski

This time of year many of your employees may experience increased stress levels due to the holidays.  But according to a recent survey by Korn Ferry, this stress isn’t the only extra pressure your employees have felt lately. 

27

Nov

2018

CBD Oil – How it Differs from Marijuana

Author: Susan Chance

As more and more states make marijuana legal, for medical or recreational purposes, or both, more questions will be raised as employers try to deal with the changing laws. One area of particular concern is drug screening.  Questions have been raised around CBD oil and how it differs from marijuana, specifically in a drug screen.

27

Nov

2018

Preliminary Survey Results - ASE Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey

Author: Jason Rowe

Michigan is the first Midwestern state to legalize the use of recreational marijuana by a vote of 56% to 44%. What does that mean for Michigan employers? The preliminary data from ASE’s Drug Testing and Marijuana Legalization Survey provides insight into employers’ first thoughts on where their policies and practices currently stand and what changes, if any, they are considering.

13

Nov

2018

Reduce Presenteeism – It Isn’t Helping Anyone

Author: Heather Nezich

Flu season has arrived and one of the biggest hazards might be your own employees, or you.  Why? People coming to work sick, otherwise known as presenteeism.   According to an office team survey 70% of workers admit to frequently going to work sick.   

6

Nov

2018

Marijuana is Legalized in Michigan - How Will it Affect Workplace Drug Testing?

Author: Susan Chance

The people of the State of Michigan passed Proposal 18-1, also known as Proposal 1 or Prop 1, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Below are answers to some of the questions employers may have around the legalization of marijuana and drug testing in the workplace.

16

Oct

2018

Illinois Employee Reinstated Contrary to Company No Gun Policy

Author: Michael Burns

Last week the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals re-instated an employee terminated because while arguing with his supervisor he allegedly made threatening remarks. It was also known the employee carried concealed weapons on his person or in his vehicle. This would be in breach of the company’s workplace violence policy that prohibits employees from possessing unauthorized weapons in the workplace. Several days later representatives of the company along with a union representative and a...

2

Oct

2018

Employee Wellbeing as a Retention and Engagement Strategy

Author: Heather Nezich

The number of job openings continues to exceed the number of job seekers in the U.S., forcing employers to reexamine their strategies for hiring and retaining top employees. Employee wellbeing is a key aspect that employers need to pay attention to when looking at retention strategies.

18

Sep

2018

The Opioid Epidemic – What To Do When You Have Reasonable Suspicion

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—has become a national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year,...

4

Sep

2018

The Value of Continuous Background Screening

Author: Susan Chance

You run pre-employment background checks on your candidates, and those that pass your company policies for screening are hired. Education and employment information that has been verified won’t change, but criminal records, driving records, and credit reports can change. How do you know if your employees still meet the necessary criteria for their job? Many employers are moving to a continuous screening process to aid in risk management.

19

Jun

2018

Standing Desks – Should Employers Be Providing Them?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several years ago, all the rage was the use of exercise balls to replace the traditional office chair.  The idea was that the unsteadiness of the exercise ball required the user to engage their core muscles to maintain a stable sitting position.  The result was supposed to be that the user burned more calories than they would sitting in a traditional office chair.  Virtually all later research showed that exercise balls as chairs caused more problems than solutions, and most...

5

Jun

2018

Keep Your Workplace Drivers Safe

Author: Susan Chance

Did you know that except for December, the summer months are more dangerous than winter months for driving?  Many organizations have employees that drive as part of their job, so it’s important to keep them educated and safe on the road.

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