During the winter, autumn, and early spring months, when sunlight is less available, people often become more depressed. Sunlight delivers high amounts of Vitamin D, but it also delivers many different vitamins which contribute vastly to serotonin and dopamine production in the brain. If you find that your workers seem more down in the harsher months of winter, remember that they may just be getting less light.
Less sun does not only affect the brain, it affects the body, as well. People tend to feel better when they are in the sun, because of the all of the beneficial things occurring in their bodies and brains. When they get used to this feeling and then it is taken away, it can be more stressful than any of realize. Sunshine does a lot more than fade the colors in our children’s outdoor play sets over time.
It has a nice, drug-like effect upon our entire body and brain chemistry.
The depression in your employees during the cold, darker winter months can easily be caused by less sun. This can make illicit substance abuse in the workplace a little more likely to happen. Therefore, when you planning your drug testing schedule, remember to think of the winter months as a time of a bit more suffering and a bit lower tolerance for daily stresses which occur. Perhaps schedule employee drug testing more frequently to address these concerns, or less frequently to give your employees a bit of a break during the cold season. It is entirely up to you, but we recommend more frequently, because it helps your business to stay in strong working condition during times of less sun.
Therefore, if you are looking to complete your plans in this area, consider CMM Technology’s NATA accredited breathalyser recalibration service. If you try that out and like it, then maybe you’d like to purchase some of our own alcohol tests or maybe even some drug test kits. Our drug test equipment is great if you regularly use on site drug testing. Make sure your workers are fit for duty and get high quality equipment at the same time, year round. Call CMM Technology for this today: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.