Is It Time to Introduce Drug Testing in the Workplace?
Surprisingly, the answer may be, “Yes.” Drug abuse is a growing problem that plagues the U.S. working population. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health – of the 22.4 million current illicit drug users aged 18 or older in 2013, 15.4 million (68.9 percent) were employed either full- or part-time.
Substance-abusing employees may be costing you. Drug users often have inconsistent work quality, low productivity levels, and impaired functions that may lead to accidents. You may also have to worry about conflicts with other employees, theft to support habit, as well as losing clients because of missed deadlines. Drug testing in the workplace can help you avoid expensive overhead, costly lawsuits, and high insurance premiums. Learn more about the different types of employee screenings New England Drug Testing has to offer.
Just because someone aced their interview doesn’t mean that they’re ready to join your team quite yet. Before someone officially gets a spot on your roster, they should be screened for illicit drugs and prescription abuse. Many Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and school districts require their employees to have a drug test before hire. Learn more about what a pre-employment drug test consists of.
Random Drug Testing
Employers who practice random drug testing must use a random selection process in which all employees have an equal opportunity to be tested. Employees are not given notice when random drug tests will occur, so substance-abusing employees will not have advanced time to prepare. This testing style allows an employer to make sure that everyone is abiding by the company’s drug policies at all times, not just at point of hire.
Contact New England Drug Testing to find solutions that will ensure a safe and efficient workplace environment.