For many employers implementing a drug testing policy may not be a high priority list. However, it should be. Having a drug testing policy will help you maintain a DRUG FREE workplace as well as help you save money by preventing accidents and injuries often caused by impaired workers.
Question: Do you consider employee productivity, workplace safety, and profitability to be important factors in your business? I am sure you answered yes to all three. One thing that all of these components have in common is that they all are compromised when one or more employees are engaging in drug use, whether at home or in the workplace.
Establishing a drug testing policy to become a drug and alcohol-free workplace is a critical step in establishing a path to success. According to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, American businesses lose over $140 billion a year to drug use.
Why you should Drug Test:
- Minimize the chance of hiring an employee who may be a drug user
- Reduce Workplace Accidents and Improve Safety
- Reduce absenteeism, tardiness, sick leave, and personal time off
- Identify current users and refer them for assistance
- To discourage “recreational” drug use that could lead to addiction
- Reduce employee discipline problems
- Reduce workers’ compensation costs
- Increase productivity
- Improve employee morale and motivation
- Improve your company’s community image.
When you consider the statistics, it’s very likely that your company has one or more employees using drugs, but you’ll never know who these employees are if you don’t create a regular drug testing policy.
By Annmarie Dallao,
Co-Owner of ARCpoint Labs of Reading