Employee drug testing is already being performed in many companies and industries. However, this workplace policy remains to be a favorite subject in heated debates and arguments. Several employers still hesitate on implementing a drug-testing program to avoid raising critical issues, but also missing out on the real advantages of having such a program in place.

Here are 3 of the top reasons employers need to do drug testing in the workplace:

1) Ensuring Health and Safety

While a few employees would consider the program as an invasion of their privacy, many would be able to see that its real objective is to ensure the health and safety of all employees. Drug use affects a person’s ability to perform certain tasks, and this becomes particularly dangerous when doing safety-sensitive tasks.

2) Higher Efficiency

To achieve the highest product quality standards, employees must always be at their best condition. Being under the influence of drugs impairs an employee’s effectiveness in performing his tasks.

3) Reduced Absenteeism and Turnover

Absenteeism and sick leaves related to drug abuse would not only affect the work efficiency in the office, because one or two employees may have to do more tasks in the absence of another who is abusing drugs; it would also affect team morale. The company ends up not only losing the employee abusing drugs but also those who aren’t and are supposedly performing well.

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