Why should drug testing be implemented in the workplace? Potential absenteeism and lack of productivity aside, evidence shows that drug use can actually affect a business’ bottom line—in fact, in a study conducted by the US Navy on its own drug-testing program, research showed that their efforts have incurred savings of over $250 million by reducing drug use among their ranks by 57%. Those are savings we just can’t ignore. In addition to saving money for your business, drug testing in the workplace can also decrease other adverse effects associated with workplace drug use.
To investigate the problems associate with drug use in the workplace, the Federal Government conducted a study. The results demonstrated the following consequences:
- Absenteeism and tardiness increase
- Higher turnover rates
- Loss of productivity
- Workplace safety decreases
- Workers’ compensation claims increase
With such negative consequences for business owners and employee morale, enacting a drug-free program is a no-brainer. That’s why Denali Occupational Health provides the drug testing services you need to keep your workers safe and your bottom-line in check. But there’s more to promoting a healthy, safe, drug-free workplace than just mandating drug tests. To realize the full effects, a full-scale program should be integrated into your workplace culture and procedures and include policy and education initiatives. So, if you’re looking to reap the benefits of a drug-free workplace, here are some things to consider integrating into your program.
A workplace policy on drug use
To provide your business and employees a consistent set of expectations, having a policy in place is key. Providing clarity on both procedures and sanctions prevents people at all levels in the organization from being surprised or confused.
Training for workplace champions of your program
You’ll want to identify the people within your organization or business who lead the charge, guide other employees and hold people accountable. Once you know who these people are, provide adequate training so they are able to fulfill expectations.
Education for employees and supervisors
Be sure to integrate an addiction-education portion into your drug-free workplace program. Help everyone in the organization understand adverse affects of drugs and addiction and what to do if they or someone they know needs assistance.
Resources for those affected by addiction
Either provide this assistance directly through your workplace or be prepared with a list of resources employees suffering from addiction can seek out. Of course, confidentiality should be the top priority when assisting employees in this manner.
We hope you find this list helpful and will be able to integrate these tips into your own program. At Denali Occupational, we know that a drug-free workplace helps create a safe, healthy workplace. That’s why we want to provide you with the occupational health support you need. Learn more about our services by continuing to explore our website and contact us today to work with us.