Drug testing for jobs: Employer's guide
employment screening policy. Drug testing prior to an employee starting an employment contract reassures company management that their workforce is sober, and will be a productive and effective team. But employers might be asking, why drug test employees? Why not follow your gut instinct, or rely on the interview to cast judgement? Well, in truth, that’s your call to make as an employer. But is it worth the risk if you get it wrong? Here are some drug screening facts to consider when making your decision:
- The average costs of a bad hire may equal 30% of the first year’s potential earnings.
- According to statistics on drug abuse by American workers, workplace drug and alcohol use costs U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion each year.
- The United States Department of Labor estimated that of the 17.2 million drug abusers in the US, 12.9 million are employed either full or part time.
- Statistics show drug and alcohol abusers to be ten times more likely of taking time off work.
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