More and more companies are requiring new hires to undergo drug & alcohol testing. Depending on your business, your company could benefit greatly from broader and deeper information about your potential new hires coming on board.
The Impact of Drug & Alcohol Abuse in the Workplace
By testing employees before employment, you eliminate potential problems from the very beginning. Substance abusing employees cost employers in myriad ways, quantifiable and not, but all very important. Everything from accident rates, injury/deaths, absenteeism, and loss of production can affect a business. If you automatically test employees from the start and notify potential employees of your policy, you can reduce the number of candidates who apply with a drug or alcohol problem.
Problems Resulting From Substance Abuse
Alcohol and drug use among employees can be an expensive problem for business and industry, with issues ranging from injuries, fatalities, theft and low employee morale, to an increase in health care, legal liabilities and workers’ compensation costs. There are several other issues that can arise:
- After-effects of substance use affecting job performance
- Poor decision making
- Loss of efficiency
- Theft/loss of production
- Likelihood of having trouble with co-workers/supervisors or tasks
- Higher turnover employee rate
- Disciplinary procedures to deal with issues arising
What Can be Done in the Workplace?
According to NCADD, drug abuse costs employers $81 billion annually. Workers with alcohol problems were 2.7 times more likely than workers without drinking problems to have injury-related absences. Reports show workers having three plus jobs in the previous five years are about twice as likely to be current or past users of illegal drugs as those who have had two or fewer jobs. With pre-employment testing, employers can dramatically reduce the negative impact of alcoholism and addiction in the workplace.
Test Smartly Labs nationwide provides confidential and reliable drug testing for employees. Contact your nearest location to learn more about our services.