Does this sound familiar? You have reason to believe there is a problem with drug use, misuse, or abuse in your workplace, but you aren’t sure if it is worth investing in an alcohol and drug testing program. One worker in particular is continually late in reporting for duty and doesn’t seem focused. His lack of concentration later leads to a workplace incident that badly injures three of your workers – two of them go on disability and now you are getting hit with higher workers’ compensation costs.
Here is how the situation could have played out – post-offer of employment or pre-access drug testing may have identified risky behaviour before the candidate was hired or placed on site. Reasonable cause testing may have removed your worker from safety-sensitive work before three of your employees were hurt on the job and had to go on disability. And post-incident testing would have put you in a better position to fight the workers’ compensation claim filed by the worker who was using drugs.
Still not convinced? Take a look at these statistics. A 2011 survey released by the U.S. Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the U.S. Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) shows employers realize a significant return on investment by implementing an alcohol and drug testing program:
- Lower workers’ compensation claims – organizations with high incidence rates experienced a drop of approximately 50%;
- Lower absenteeism rates – organizations with absenteeism rates higher than 15% experienced a 50% decrease in absenteeism;
- Improved productivity – approximately 19% of employers experienced an increase in productivity; and
- Higher retention rates – approximately 16% of respondents saw a decrease in employee turnover.
Prevention is less costly than the consequences. Don’t let the initial investment make you lose sight of the savings over time. Start investigating your options. There are providers out there who can do a lot of the work for you. At DriverCheck, we can connect you to an expert to help you develop a defensible drug and alcohol testing policy that protects both you and your workers. We can also assist you in determining your program’s objectives, the type of testing you require, and we can manage your program for you. Get in touch with us today if you have questions about how to get started!