If you’ve ever gotten a job working for someone else, you will probably remember having to take a drug test. This is a very common occurrence for people all over the country who are going through the hiring process for companies every day, and it has been very commonplace since the Ronald Reagan administration.
Why do businesses drug test the people they are thinking about hiring? Why so some companies even regularly drug test the employees they have officially hired? There are several reasons you might not have thought about, and ones you should definitely consider if you’re a business owner who is trying to decide whether or not you should implement drug testing policies for your new hires.
Testing Can Promote a Drug Free Workplace
If employees know they could be tested randomly, it can help promote a drug free workplace. Most employees will want to make sure they keep their jobs, and may reduce or completely stop any recreational usage they may have took part in outside of work hours.
Testing Can Lower Your Business’s Insurance Rates
You might be surprised to learn that many commercial insurance companies will actually give the occasional discount to employers who drug test their new hires, and who randomly drug test employees who are in positions where safety could be compromised by someone who is impaired, such as a forklift operator, someone running an electric pallet jack, or anyone else who is operating heavy machinery on the job.
Your first goal should be to promote safety on the job, and sometimes, drug testing is an effective way to promote safety on the job by remaining drug free on the job. It can help weed out the employees who are using off the job, and it can give you peace of mind that you are choosing the right candidates when making hiring decisions. Using employee screening software or having testing done by a third party, you will be able to implement drug testing policies at your business if you have not already done so.