Happy Days are Here Again

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When you have a song stuck in your head, it can be almost murder to get it out again! Of course, if it’s a song like “Happy Days are Here Again,” it’s not such a bad thing. However, if it’s “My Way” by Limp Bizkit or another punk rock band, it can be rather irritating.

Onsite drug testing and alcohol testing is one of the ways in which businesses, like yours, gather information about their employees so that they can provide a safer, more secure working environment for all of their employees and a more professional atmosphere for all of their clients.

Mediscreen is one of the leading collection agencies in Australia, and we are NATA accredited for medical testing. You see, our mobile drug and alcohol testing service brings our screening services straight to your business’ front door. We show up, screen your workers on their own jobsite, and store your employee records on your jobsite, as well. That way, every employee has access to their own records, and your company can take responsibility for the record keeping right there in house.

And when it comes to making the most of your time, effort, space, and money, there are few companies which can bring you the value that you will find in Mediscreen. Our health and wellness specialists are here to bring you the information you need to make quality judgments about your staff members. We screen everyone.

In some companies, happiness is determined by gross income or net monetary worth. However, we know that a lot of company happiness comes from the environment in which your employees work and that requires regular screening. No one should feel unsafe or emotionally hassled by their coworkers all of the time. No one should have to decide between quitting their job or ratting out a fellow employee about their substance abusing behavior.

For this reason, your business may want to consider hiring Mediscreen to provide you with the information you need. We believe in Australian business, and our goals are to make every jobsite a happy place to work. If you would like to schedule an appointment.

This article has been taken from : http://www.mediscreen.net.au/happy-days-are-here-again/

Down Energy

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Down energy occurs when you are bored, uninterested, feeling sluggish or tired, or really feeling unmotivated. Down energy is part of a healthy cycle of the day, but it must be used when you should have down energy, like when you are taking a long break, are off for the day, are relaxing with your friends over beer or relaxing by yourself at an amusement park. Down energy is part of a full day’s accomplishments, but putting it and keeping it in its right place can be tricky.

Do you sometimes WANT to feel motivated but cannot pull yourself out of your down energy? Do you occasionally desire to get some of your really fun interests done, but you end up spending the day on almost nothing levels of energy, instead? Down energy must be planned. It is not necessarily the same as relaxing. Sometimes, relaxing can involve more energy and more engagement than down energy. Relaxation may involve inviting your friends over for a barbecue, but between getting off of work and setting up for the barbecue, you have same true down energy to recuperate between activities.

Employees who abuse drugs or alcohol may feel like they are getting their down energy when they get home from work and abuse their substance of choice. However, if they cannot afford these things or their schedule hasn’t allowed them to have these things waiting at home for them, the added stress of having to acquire them before they can truly relax can be overwhelming and create a need for even more substance abuse and/or relaxation.

In other words, down time is NOT automatically built in to their schedule. It is dependent upon external circumstances, and that is stressful in and of itself.

Make sure that this behavior does not end up leaking into the workplace environment itself. Regular implement the mobile drug testing and alcohol testing which is available through Mediscreen. We are NATA accredited for medical testing and we believe strongly in making your business and the treatment of your clients and employees as easy and painless as possible. For that you need more data, and that data is created by the screening services you get from Mediscreen.

This article has been taken from : http://www.mediscreen.net.au/down-energy/

The Mindset of Weakness and Helplessness

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Weakness and helplessness are caused by people feeling as if they cannot do something that, in a different mindset, they would be able to successfully pull off. Helplessness and weakness are part of a mental blockage that is allowed to fester within the minds of those afflicted with it. It has to do with their perception of themselves. Without this blockage, people will be able to just go about their daily lives without worrying about what other people think of them or about how they compare with where they would like to be.

It is in part self confidence, and it can be associated with self esteem, as well. However, it really has to do with your feeling of competency. If you feel successful at work and interacting with your family, you will feel competent when you meet tragedies or really difficult circumstances. It all has to do with how people view themselves and what they hope to gain by keeping on with their work and their goals, rather than allowing themselves to be easily knocked from their path.

Have you ever had anyone who believed in you completely? Have you ever thought they were nuts to do so? You may touch on this problem, even if it’s just a little bit.

Drug abusers and alcoholics are never able to get true traction when it comes to this because their feeling of inferiority are so strong that they just give up on the most basic and daily of tasks. What would you think of having an employee like that working for you? You need to know if one or more of your employees is abusing illicit substances while at work. Mediscreen not only provides pre-employment screening but we also provide regular onsite drug and alcohol testing. That means that we bring our mobile drug and alcohol testing services and our drug testing equipment to your business and screen your employees right there onsite. That’s the way to do it. That’s the way to have some sort of belief in your employees.

This article has been taken from : http://www.mediscreen.net.au/the-mindset-of-weakness-and-helplessness/

This is the Beginning

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Mediscreen helps your business to achieve its full potential, even from the beginning. There is a lot of progress where people are not really allow for mistakes, pro border between their ability and their inability to be themselves is the border which marks the end of the progress itself. There must be complete and total autonomy, and this must be met and combined with total freedom of self expression. Only then can people really be given the chance to make the world, or their business as is your case, a better place to be.

wed to be themselves fully, only partially, and the Without this autonomy in the beginning, there is very little chance for survival. But, what does autonomy really mean?

Some inexperienced business owners realize that autonomy is NOT the whole solution. There must be a system in place to alblems, and to guide the employee through their daily steps. In fact, it is this system development which defines the difference between successful business owners and the one who fail miserably. The unhappily failed business owners end up doing all of the work of their employees in a big heated frenzy, or they simply let the work and the systems all go until the whole company collapses down around their ears.

But, this is the beginning. This is the defining moment of many business owner’s careers. You can set up systems for everything. And one of the systems you will have to set up is that of employee drug and alcohol testing, and this is made easier by Mediscreen, one of the leading providers of on site drug testing in this country. We are AS4760 accredited, and this means that we specialize in fitness and wellness testing, and this includes our mobile drug and alcohol testing. Our entire approach is to bring you the best service at the best price, and to bring all of this to your business, on site, where your employees spend their working days. This is the solution you have been looking for. What could be better than contributing meaningfully to the value of your company? Set up systems, and use us in those systems.

This article has been taken from: http://www.mediscreen.net.au/this-is-the-beginning/

The Death of a Loved One

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When someone important in our life dies, we are in a state of timelessness. Time stops, time does not go on anywhere around us, and our lives are put on hold for a while until things begin to hit us with reality again. This is how the funeral industry is so rich. We make our decisions for our loved ones while we are in this stupor of timelessness, and are completely unable to make rational choices for ourselves or other people.

The death of a loved one may also bring on a drinking binge or drug abuse binge, just to prolong the lack of feeling. For, as we all know, when we come out of that stupor, life, reality, and all of the pain hits us in the face like a brick wall traveling toward at freeway speeds. Therefore, when people do start feeling the pain of a lost loved one, this hurt is so bad that they will do anything to get rid of it, even resort to short term drug or alcohol abuse. Now, all of this sounds very reasonable, except that the need to hide the pain often turns into a long term situation.

You see, hiding from the intense pain of something, rather than choosing to feel it as it’s happening in real life, really delays the pain until another time, a time when you are even less able to deal with it than you are right now. So, for that reason, doing something to delay pain will only cause you more pain in the end.

This is not to say that anyone in their right mind goes through this rational process when they are dealing with the death of a loved one. They merely react to the situation, however they do it, and it may be in a healthy way or in an unhealthy one, and there is very little that you can do about it. However, if you run a company in which this person works, you may want to keep an eye on them, particularly the results from your drug testing program. In this respect, you will need a reliable company like Mediscreen, NATA accredited for workplace drug testing, and a leading collection agency in Australia.

This article has been taken from: http://www.mediscreen.net.au/the-death-of-a-loved-one/

Workplace Bodily Hazards

hazardThere are numerous things to encounter in the workplace or on the jobsite which can be bodily hazards. If you are working under just about any condition, then any of these things can happen to you. We will list some examples for you to consider:

The first bodily hazard is paper cuts. Just kidding, it is injury from machinery. Your clothing or hands or feet can get caught in office machinery or in heavy machinery on the jobsite, and this can lead to broken bones, limbs being torn off, massive bruises or other severe injuries. This is why construction workers and people in the line of heavy machinery operation often do not wear their wedding rings. Fingers and entire hands have been cut off due to a ring being caught on machinery or in some precarious way and the worker is unable to free himself.

The second bodily hazard is simply being gassed out. This tends to occur in the mining industry, though it is theoretically possible to occur on an oil field, in the agricultural industry, or in other locations. When mining, methane levels naturally rise from the earth, especially if the site has been on top of a former landfill (a particularly dangerous and irresponsible move). The methane meter always measures the degree of methane in the air and, once it hits a dangerous mark, mining workers should get out immediately. Any spark of fire or electricity can blow up the entire place, resulting in numerous fatalities.

The third bodily hazard comes from a lack of onsite drug and alcohol testing on any jobsite whatsoever. You see, when workers are under the influence of substance abuse, their judgment is impaired, their safety precautions are forgotten, and their tempers flare up. All of this can lead to a dangerous combination, and both accidents and intentional injuries and fatalities can occur. Onsite drug screening is one of the best ways to prevent this from happening. Workplace drug testing is a proven method of employee evaluation, and it involves hiring a company to do this work for you.

This article has been taken from http://mediscreen.net.au/articles/?p=2127

Brave New World

beautiful worldIt is impossible to wake up every morning and see it the same way as we did yesterday. There is so much to do and so much to enjoy, that it seems as if the years of our lives are barely able to contain all of the things which we desire to accomplish each year. This really is an amazing existence that we lead.

In onsite drug & alcohol testing, there is a commonality which you may find intriguing. There are certain types of employees who are more likely to need drug screening, and certain types which are more likely to test positive during alcohol testing. We do not mean to generalise or to point fingers here. Instead, we are looking to identify some of the traits which are common in repeated abusers.

Dissatisfaction is one of the most common traits in people who frequently test positive in workplace drug testing. Dissatisfaction and discontent are high because abusers often over-stimulate their brains with drugs which cause abnormal levels of serotonin and other feel good hormones. This makes daily life a bore, and it soon becomes almost painful to live without these drugs.

Another common trait is an overly subjective point of view. Rather than taking reality at face value and determining the best course of action from that data, abusers often express opinions and high subjective views of reality, without actually touching upon what is really there, as if their opinion is the truth of the matter.

While workplace drug testing laws cover and protect some industries, it is still advisable to use drug testing in Australia, no matter which industry your company caters to. These services can really bring good to your business, as well as to your community. After all, everyone has a reputation to uphold.

Look around you. Isn’t this a beautiful world we live in? When your employees wake up, they should feel that, too, rather than dread about who they may encounter at work. We would like to invite you to check us out. To schedule an appointment or to sign up for onsite drug and alcohol screening, call Mediscreen today.

This article has been taken from http://mediscreen.net.au/articles/?p=2006

 

Truth in Advertising: Possible?

QUALITY (2)Can you really have truth in advertising? It is a much quoted phrase, both for and against the topic, but advertising by its very nature is somewhat manipulative. How can you tell if a company is legitimate or not?

The proof is in the pudding, as they say. If the service is high quality and if the products are high quality, then the advertising is running parallel to the truth, if not actually on top of it all the way.

However, many people find that products and services do not actually live up to advertised standards. At Mediscreen, we do a great job of delivering services to companies throughout Western Australia. Drug testing in Australia is easier than ever. Our drug screening practices are so new and innovative, and our teams are such good people that we cannot possible go wrong. If we do, though, we know how to take accountability for ourselves.

At Mediscreen, the innovation of onsite drug and alcohol screening is right at hand. You can call us up or visit our website and learn all about how great our company is. We provide onsite drug and alcohol screening to companies all over Australia.

Of course, the only way to know if there is truth in our advertising is to try us out. If we meet your standards, then you can spread the word about us even further than it already has spread. If our services are not up to par or if our staff is in any way rude or seemingly incompetent, you can call us on it. However, we are confident that none of these things are the case. Drug screening, by its very nature, requires a cool mind and a steady hand. Alcohol testing requires that we know our business, inside and out.

At Mediscreen, we believe that there really is truth in our advertising. However, these are just words until you try us out. Please call our offices and find out what we can offer your particular company and what we can do to make your business a safer place. Onsite drug & alcohol testing is, after all, our specialty.

This article has been taken from http://mediscreen.net.au/articles/?p=1997

Absorbing Energy from Other People

MoraleWhen you encounter people who are in strong emotional states, you may find yourself being drawn into whatever state they are in, whether it is happy or sad or mean or angry. The more people around who are in this strong emotional state, whatever it may be, the more influential their spirits are on you. This is why riots always get out of control, and why groups who are ultra positive tend to lighten up everyone who is within a certain physical proximity to them.

When you go about your daily business, it is important to recognize and take note of what people and what situations make you really angry or upset or which worry you. Any of these strong negative emotions can impact you every time you see that person or every time you are in that situation. If you can identify a repetitively negative situation or person, then you can control how you end up reacting to them. If, however, you do not pay attention to these things, your emotions will get out of control every time you are near them, and your emotional stability will sway side to side and up and down, almost like bits of dust in the wind…completely out of your control.

When companies seek to control the level of positive or negative energy within their ranks, they adopt various practices. Some businesses take a hard line, and punish employees who step over the line or who do not follow the rules. Some businesses try to be encouraging to their employees’ creative spirits, and instead seek to control their environment by frowning on such behavior and by encouraging social ostracizing of bad behavior. People, in this manner can be very influential.

The best way to make sure that your workplace energy stays positive and productive and motivated to seek and create more increase is to use drug and alcohol testing in your workplace. Your employees feel better when they know that their coworkers are under the same alcohol and drug testing policies of your company as they are. Workplace Drug Testing in Australia encourages safety and sense of working in a good place. Onsite drug & alcohol testing also keeps employees away who would bring down the morale and the positive work efforts of your good workers. Call Mediscreen today to schedule an appointment.

This article has been taken from http://mediscreen.net.au/articles/?p=1946

Alcohol and Drug Testing as Component of OWIP

In many cases, organisations approach alcohol and drug testing as a program primarily in place to “catch” violators. The testing program becomes a tool for punishment rather than a means of promoting workplace safety. Though workplace drug testing programs can certainly identify workers using illicit substances or alcohol, focusing only on catching individual workers can ignore many factors that influence worker substance abuse. By concentrating on detecting violators, a prime opportunity is missed to promote a positive and healthy organisation wide environment.

In other words, instead of viewing the alcohol and drug testing program as punitive, it can become an integral component of a workplace health initiative. This approach promotes a drug and alcohol free workplace, while also helping employees understand that substance abuse is a lifestyle, and not just a workplace, issue. People do not have clear lines between their work and personal lives, meaning they overlap. While prohibiting drugs and alcohol in the workplace is important for workplace safety, it does not educate people on the harm that they cause themselves and others when using the substances.

One Link in the Healthy Living Campaign

An organisation wide improvement program benefits the business and the workers.  Developing an alcohol and drug workplace policy should be one link in a campaign to educate and train workers in best practices for developing and maintaining healthy lifestyles. Instead of focusing only on the impact of drugs on the body or alcohol on the brain, an improvement program will address many lifestyle factors that impact workers. For example, some companies incorporate training on the dangers of alcohol and drug use in a program focused on healthy diets and exercise. People who are concerned with taking care of their bodies through diet and exercise are much less likely to use drugs and alcohol.

Focusing on harm minimisation rather than punishment is also more likely to garner compliance. Employee assistance programs (EAPS) and health promotion programs (HPPs) can include a number of components of which drug and alcohol abuse education is just one. For example, employers may:

  • Offer stress management workshops
  • Provide employee access to counselling for substance abuse, family issues, stress etc.
  • Provide safety training
  • Hold supervisor-employee sessions to facilitate conversations about workplace concerns
  • Conduct  regular review of workplace factors that may create employee stress, i.e. schedules, production schedules, staffing etc
  • Pay for employee memberships at a gym or fitness centre
  • Train supervisors on alcohol and drug policy while also giving supervisors a role in the organisation wide health initiative
  • Contract with an outside medical agency to provide occupational health services and health screening

Healthy Lifestyles

By developing a companywide culture that promotes healthy lifestyles, the Onsite Drug and Alcohol Screening is not viewed as a way for the employer to catch and punish workers who violate company rules. Instead it is seen as a natural component of a healthy living program. Employers accrue a number of benefits from this approach. These benefits include increased productivity, fewer missed days of work, lower medical expenses, and improved workplace safety.

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