Why employers should drug test job applicants
<![CDATA[Whether you’re hiring a new CEO, middle manager or an entry-level employee, smart employers take the time to drug test job applicants. There are several reasons to do so: an employee with a substance abuse problem can cost an employer a lot of money, are more likely to cause accidents in the workplace, and can be an indicator of other problems to come. First, those with substance abuse problems are more likely to cause accidents. Whether your business operates a warehouse or factory, or functions primarily in an office setting, employees that utilize illegal drugs are more likely to put their co-workers, themselves and the business at risk due to potential injuries or poor judgment calls. Second, employers should drug test job applicants because a substance abuse problem can be a sign of things to come. The employee may be more prone to lie, be unreliable or even commit crimes — such as theft — against the company or other employees. Finally, and this is the big one, an employee that uses drugs is a big liability to a company, and can cost a business a lot of money. As already mentioned, accidents in the workplace may result in the company being sued by employees, and worker’s compensation will need to be paid out for any injured employee. A loss in employee productivity due to injury or distraction on the job can cause losses in company revenue as well. In addition, some states or regions have laws about what adverse action employers can and cannot take when it comes to discovering an employee has a drug addiction. Some states allow employers to impose zero-tolerance drug policies, while others mandate that employers must provide reasonable attempts to enroll the employee in rehabilitation and/or detox programs, which are often funded by the employer. Even if an employer does have the right to terminate an employee’s position for being under the influence, the company wastes money by staying in a loop of hiring and firing employees for the same position. In order to avoid these types of problems, it’s best to drug test job applicants before an unconditional offer is extended. To learn how to create or implement a drug testing policy for your business, contact Mind Your Business to get started.]]>
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