Magazine article Workforce


Magazine article Workforce


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Too Many Options Can Spoil Your Sanity

In replying to Jennifer Laabs' article, "Overload" (WORKFORCE, January 1999) I would like to state my belief that it's our (false) expectation that technology makes us more efficient-it is a major contributor to stress and inefficiency, and, hence, overwork.

This happened today: I am a career consultant who likes to stay in touch with my clients. I hadn't heard from a particular person (we'll call him "Jim") for a while, and had decided to give him a call at home to hear what had been happening in his job search.

Before picking up the phone, I opened my e-mail, and found there a message from Jim. While I was replying to his email my intercom buzzed, but before I could interrupt my typing to pick it up the receptionist had hung up. A few seconds later my red message light went on.

When I finished replying to Jim via email I listened to my phone message. Sure enough, it was Jim, asking me to call because he hadn't heard from me on e-mail. This is efficient? I believe we ought to pick one method of communication and stick with it. Greeting cards come to mind.

Katie Cooney

Vice President


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Casual Drug Use Isn't Addiction

Gillian Flynn's article "How to Prescribe Drug Testing" (WORKFORCE, January 1999) provided excellent insight regarding the legal issues raised by employment-related drug testing programs. However, we believe that one clarification regarding the applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) would be valuable to your readers.

The article indicates that all former users of illegal drugs, once they've been rehabilitated, are protected by the ADA. In reality, only previous addiction to illegal drugs or controlled substances is a covered disability, while past casual use is not. As a result, prospective and current employees with a history of casual drug use are not protected under the ADAeven if they've been rehabilitated and are not currently using illegal drugs. See "ADA Enforcement Guidance: Preemployment Disability-Related Questions and Medical Examinations," EEOC, November 10, 1995. We trust this minor, yet significant, clarification is insightful.

David W. Arnold, General Counsel,

and Maureen P Toner,

Legal/Legislative Administrator

Reid Psychological Systems

Chicago, Illinois

Practicing Prevention Has Its Benefits

I just finished reading Jennifer Laabs' News Angle story, "Viagra Touches Off Safety and Health Care Coverage Controversy" (WORKFORCE, January 1999). …

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