Employers and employees often persist at odds over the value of workplace drug testing. From the perspective of employers, drug testing acts as valuable source of screening for employees whose drug use could influence productivity or morale. Employees, on the other hand, often maintain that drug testing violates rights to privacy and creates an antagonistic work environment. Despite differences of opinion, drug testing comes with an assortment of inarguable benefits.
Safer Work Environment
This first advantage affects both employers and employees. Drug abuse can create a definitively unsafe work environment. Whether the drug use leads to mood swings, or the actual presence of illegal substances on the job, no one will argue for the inherent safety of illegal drugs. This becomes especially true for work environments that involve chemicals or heavy machinery.
Employees with drug problems are much more likely to shuffle between jobs. With turnover rates more than 3x higher for those with drug problems, employers wind up spending more time and money on recruitment. High turnover also creates an unstable work environment that can have a wide-ranging effect on morale and productivity.
Naturally, drug testing will also act as a deterrent to potential drug users. Few people will actively seek to lose their own job, and openness about drug testing can provide all the convincing that many people need to abstain.
At Choice DNA, we can provide for workplace drug testing at any of our 6,100 locations nationwide. If you would like to explore the benefits of this service for your own company, contact us today at (800) 219-4362.