Should Your Business Implement Employee Drug Testing

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Ensuring healthy, productive employees likewise supports a healthy business. If your employee management techniques involve workplace drug testing, however, you may be contributing to more serious, underlying diseases: distrust and legal issues.

Is employee drug testing worth the risk?
Employers must weigh the potential benefits of certifiably “clean” employees against the impact of drug testing to the company as a whole. Roughly 10 percent of the American workforce abuses alcohol or drugs, and 70% of the estimated 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed, legitimizing the risks.

Shedding light on the unknowns
There are a great number of unknowns when selecting an employee to add to your workforce. Compounding matters, your new hire can have a significant impact on other individuals, departments, and processes in your company, in part or in whole. Employee drug testing can mitigate these risks, offering benefits such as:

  • Reduced costs associated with substance abuse, including employee management issues such as absenteeism, accidents, error, and theft.
  • Preserved productivity.
  • Reduced hazards to fellow employees (physical and emotional).
  • Reduced workman’s comp costs.
  • Companies where employees are responsible for the safety, well-being or care of others may signify a greater need for testing.

How can you mitigate the risks of this standard practice?

  • Learn and understand state and local laws to circumvent legal and medical risks, such as those involving unlawful treatment, invasion of privacy, and violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • For smaller businesses, consider outsourcing employee drug testing program to a professional organization to ensure proper oversight, consistency, and adherence to legal and medical laws.

Employee management concerns keeping you up at night? Minnesota Comp Advisor can help.

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