Which is worse? Wanting to make your business drug-safe and therefore requesting your employees to undergo drug testing … or not doing anything at all?
Employers have a legal right to request that their employees consent to drug testing, but what happens to internal relationships and morale when workers object to being tested?
Employers are accountable for providing duty of care to their staff. For this reason, it is obvious that they are keen to know their environment is a safe one. Drug testing is a proven and effective means of determining this. Within 24 hours they can be aware of just how safe their office, factory, warehouse, retail showroom, machinery and vehicles really are. However, how does this impact workplace-relations when workers might feel maligned?
There is one organisation which knows how to address potential drug use in the workplace and it does so by handling this matter discreetly, delicately and with sensitivity. It has a unique ‘community approach’.
That company is Drug-Safe Australia, an alcohol and drug screening enterprise, which was established almost 20 years ago by Michael White.
Drug-Safe Australia not only lead the industry in Australia and the South Pacific, they are also a vital tool for companies wanting to address substance abuse issues and start transparent conversations with their employees.
The community aspect of the nationwide franchise operation, known as Drug-Safe Communities, works like this. The drug testing intervention delivers multiple outcomes: the workplaces remain safe spaces for employers, employees, visiting clients and contractors. For employers, taking care of their employees safeguards against poor production. The ripple effect is that drug testing reaches families and friends whose loved-ones may be affected by illegal substances.
What begins in the office or factory spreads out to innumerable homes and social groups.
Developing Drug-Safe Australia: A Personal Journey
Michael White knows all too well about the worst outcomes of drug abuse. He has first-hand experience.
Michael launched Drug-Safe Australia in 2000 after losing a business partner to a heroin overdose. Not only did he have to suffer through the death of a friend and colleague, Michael suffered a domino effect of consequences due to the tragic event. Clients turned their backs on him and he lost his business. He also discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars missing which had been misappropriated to pay for the drugs.
“I made the decision at that time to take responsibility for my future and not allow circumstances to decide my career going forward,” said Michael.
Over the next two decades he grew the business to be a market leader and trailblazer. In 2016, knowing that despite his success he had only been able to help a portion of the Australian work force, he came up with the idea of developing a different business model to offer a broad coverage of professional field operatives.
Michael felt that the franchising sector in Australia needed fresh, innovative and life-changing brands. Drug-Safe Communities fits this need perfectly.
A Pioneering Franchise Model, Making A Difference
In a singular model such as Drug-Safe Communities, the credibility of an empowered local business owner working with other local businesses is critical to success.
Franchising enables Drug-Safe Communities to deliver their solutions through franchises in every corner of Australia.
Running a franchise involves a combination of self-driven entrepreneurship and the ability to comply with required structures and processes. A big part of this is to be motivated not just by the potential financial returns, but by the potential of positive changes in one’s work-life blend.
Strongly impacted by his history, Michael sets a high personal standard and he is not content with anything less than the best his company can offer. Because of this attitude, Drug-Safe Australia has become an innovative leader.
Michael is proud to say Drug-Safe Australia was the first NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia) on-site accredited service in the land. NATA is the agency providing independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts for customers. Drug-Safe is an ISO 9001 certified company and meet NATA Accreditation, which means franchisees receive the highest quality and most accurate results available.
Michael’s enterprise was the first to offer on-site services with mobile clinics, and the first to receive ISO accreditation and the first to have Australian Standards approval for all of their drug testing equipment.
Drug-Safe’s Communities’ support is with franchisees from the very beginning, right through to the life term of the franchise agreement. They have unveiled another first, the Drug-Safe Academy, which enables online training and information sharing. They also coach and mentor franchisees extensively, with regular face to face discussions and leadership meetings.
“I enjoy meeting people who share my concern for the future of our Australian way of life, particularly in the changing attitudes towards alcohol and other types of drug abuse.” – Michael White.
The Big Why?
“My critical advice to prospective franchisees, the fundamental core message or question I would ask, is what I call the Big Why,” Michael explains.
New franchisees are often attracted to the sector in search of a change in their career or lifestyle, and they bring with them a desire to achieve more and make a real difference in their communities.
While having prior business experience is beneficial, Drug-Safe Communities are open to discussing their model with anyone who desires to make big differences. Current franchisees come from all walks of life, including medical, mining, and finance backgrounds.
Michael believes that as a franchisor he needs to put the welfare of franchisees first. Unless the franchisee is profitable and emotionally satisfied, the franchisor cannot survive in the long run.
Aspiring to be a franchisor of choice, Michael understands that the key to success depends on both franchisees and the franchisor building long-lasting relationships with their customers and embracing technology. Franchisees investing in this industry will be supported by Drug-Safe Communities to do just that.
For over fifteen years, Drug-Safe Australia has led the alcohol and other drug screening industry in addressing substance abuse across Australia and the South Pacific.
Who Would Suit A Drug-Safe Franchise?
Any motivated persons with the mindset and desire to empower and grow local businesses, combined with great communication and an entrepreneurial spirit would suit this engaging and rewarding franchise. Professionals with experience in drug abuse and illicit substances in the workplace are also encouraged to research this ground-breaking career path.
About the Drug-Safe Communities Franchise
Each Drug-Safe Communities franchisee is granted an exclusive franchise territory to operate their new franchise. This means that any new lead originating from within their territory will be passed onto the franchisee, gaining them a new contact and expanding their community services.
The territory is designed to provide ample opportunity so that a new franchisee can build their customer base quickly and provide the area to market the services of Drug-Safe Communities to potential new customers.
To view their latest franchise opportunities please contact Drug-Safe Communities or call 1300 378 472 for a confidential discussion.