Value of Drug Testing for Employers
If your company questions the return on investment from adding a drug testing program, here are some key takeaways to consider before deciding the value of these programs.
Hiring: A drug program can rule out individuals who won’t apply for the job because they know they will fail the drug test.
Absenteeism: Employees who use drugs have a 34% higher absenteeism rate.
Productivity: The average drug user is 33% less productive at work.
Turnover: A drug user will change jobs three times a year on average. The median cost of turnover is 21% of an employee’s annual salary.
Theft: To support their habit, 80% of drug users steal.
Safety: Around 18% of all motor vehicle driver deaths involve drugs other than alcohol and 40% of all industrial workplace fatalities are caused by substance abusers.
Benefits: Statistics show that drug users consume benefits at a 300% higher rate compared to non-users.
Brand: The image and brand of your company matters. If you don’t promote a drug-free work environment, your brand can suffer. It can impact your business relationships and your clients’ overall perceptions of your company.
The goal of company drug programs is deterrence rather than detection. Programs should prioritize education on the importance of a drug-free work environment and provide resources on the deterrence of drug use. This will have a more positive effect than focusing on detecting drugs.