One of the most important aspects of running a successful business is operational efficiency, and that extends through every level of a company’s infrastructure, from the way the computer network is maintained to the system of management used to organize employees. But there’s one area that has, in recent years, grown in importance, and that is hiring. After all, the hiring process is an extremely critical component of a workplace that can potentially affect every level of a company. When there’s an absence in an important position, work suffers. When a new person is hired, resources have to be diverted for orientation or training, if it’s required. And if an employee resigns or is dismissed, this creates another hole that makes work challenging for everyone.
This is why now, more than ever, hiring the right person is an incredibly important aspect of management. And this is why pre-employment drug testing can play a vital role in making sure that not only does the right person get the job, but no time, money or other resources are wasted on the wrong people holding onto the job for some critical period of time, only to create more problems with their inevitable dismissal. Often when hiring a liability you end up owning that liability.
A person’s private life is their own affair, there’s no argument about that. However, when private activities begin to interfere with professional obligations, then it becomes a problem not just for the individual but for the organization that individual is affiliated with. Pre-employment drug testing is one of the best ways to keep problems from even occurring in the first place, and is an effective, front-line defensive and preventive measure to ensure that a working, efficient, established system in a workplace continues to operate that way without disruption.
An established, scrupulously applied pre-employment drug testing program can help a company for the following reasons.
With an active, publicly disclosed screening policy in place, companies can prevent many problem employees from even applying at a job in the first place. If a potential employee is a regular drug user, than the prospect of having to stop using drugs for week—or even up to 90 days with hair sample testing—just for the sake of one interview is unlikely to apply for the job. Many undesirables remove themselves from the equation without your company needing to do anything other than make it very clear the testing policy exists.
Both employees within your company and the public at large will enjoy a boost in morale and confidence from knowing this kind of drug testing policy is in place. Employees know that the people they work with are reliable and clear headed with no impaired judgment or work quality due to substance abuse. The public at large sees the policy as a commitment to both safety and responsibility, which gives any company a welcome boost in public relations and confidence.
Recurring use of drugs in a workplace affects not just the individual but everyone in the company. Poor performance and inefficiency are the best case scenarios in such a situation, but chronic absenteeism can also be another unwelcome result of this. According to the US Department of Justice, a study conducted found that 50% of the accidents that occurred in a workplace involved drug use. Perhaps even more alarmingly, 40% of the cases of theft that occur in the workplace are motivated by drug use. All of this has a huge impact both on workplace efficiency and morale.