If you have your own business, you likely conduct at least some sort of background check on your employees, even if it just involves you personally calling their former employers. But as your business grows, you're going to want to step up your screening. There are obvious reasons to drug test your potential hires and even your current employees but have you ever considered that employee drug testing could also save you money? Here are three ways that drug testing could protect your bottom line.
Lower Employee Turnover
If a potential employee has a serious drug problem, there's a chance that it could end up affecting their work after they are hired. If you never pre-screen your potential hires for this issue, you'll never know that there is a problem until it's too late. If the employee is caught with drugs on the premises or just turns out to be a bad worker because the drugs have ruined their motivation, you are going to have to keep bringing in new hires to replace them. Each new hire brings new labor and training costs that you might not have had to pay if you would have used drug testing to begin with.
Reduce Tardiness and No Shows
It's no secret that a serious drug habit can really mess up a person's daily schedule. If they're taking a drug that puts them into a relaxed state of mind, they might have trouble making it out the door to get to work on time. In a worst case scenario, a serious drug user might even go on a binge and end up not showing up for work at all. Every time an employee is late or absent, it could potentially cost your company money because you won't have a full staff available to assist your clients or customers.
Prevent Workplace Accidents
If someone shows up to work under the influence of an illegal substance, they could be putting themselves or another employee or customer at risk of injury. For example, if you have a warehouse or sales floor where heavy equipment is operated, a drug user is the very last person you probably want at the controls.
If you are not currently using drug testing to pre-screen your hires or periodically check up on your current employees, you might want to consider the benefits. Employee drug testing can help reduce turnover, and make tardiness and workplace accidents less likely to happen, protecting your bottom line in the process.