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Should I Implement Random Drug Testing for My Employees?

drug_testRandom drug testing is a touchy subject. Employers have many things to consider, including state laws and work culture. In some states, employers have very limited rights to implement tests. But in states where random drug testing is legal, such as New Jersey, each employer must decide for itself.

Many companies find random drug testing programs appropriate to their needs and work culture. Statistics show that employees who do consume illegal drugs generally miss more work, perform at a lower level, and ultimately leave their jobs sooner. This is expensive for employers, especially given the high cost of recruitment and training.

1. Better productivity
The use of illegal drugs has well-documented effects on overall productivity and quality of work. Workers who use drugs show consistent downward trends in concentration, attendance, overall judgement, and risk-taking assessment. Those who do not use drugs exhibit upward trends in all of these areas, and are also much less likely to bend or break other laws and rules, including company policies.
2. Fewer accidents
Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that employees who use illegal drugs are over three times more likely to be involved in workplace accidents, and are also more likely to file worker’s compensation claims. The effects of drugs, even residual effects from the previous night, can affect motor skills, slow down reflexes and cause expensive accidents at the workplace. Random drug testing gives employees extra incentive not to use illegal drugs outside of the workplace, as a random positive test would put their employment in jeopardy. The overall effect of random testing can reduce workplace accidents and associated costs.
3. Improves Work Culture
Illegal drug use is associate with a whole host of personal, financial and health problems. By implementing random drug testing, many companies find that work culture improves, and employees who choose to break the law and use illegal drugs are kept away from the culture and business of the organisation. Those within the organization have respect for laws and rules, and understand the detrimental effects illegal drugs can have on all aspects of life, including work performance.
4. Saves money
The National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence estimates that drugs cost American employers upwards of $80 billion each year. That’s a lot of money! It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how the costs break down, but they’re mainly divided between accidents, performance, and the training and recruitment of new employees. The costs alone are reason enough for many employers to create random drug testing programs to keep their organizations running at the highest possible level and free from the financial strain of employee drug use.

As an employer in New Jersey, choosing to implement a random drug testing program is within your legal rights. There are compelling arguments in favor of doing so, both from a business and a social perspective. Medical facilities and urgent care clinics are experienced in such programs and available to carry out testing in the most professional and confidential way possible. Questions? Comments? Please get in touch, or use the box below!

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