Last updated: November 27, 2023
Lots of businesses that have employees working onsite are struggling to stay afloat these days. Stressed business owners have human resources departments looking to catch every budget cut possible. In some cases, it may be the only thing keeping the company from going belly up. It’s not always a little cut here or a little cut there that does the trick though. Some employers have made the decision to cut out employee drug testing due to the cost.
We aren’t sure that’s in the long-term best interest of the company though.
What if you considered onsite drug testing instead? We’d dare to guess that most business owners don’t even take the time to consider onsite drug testing and that those who do dismiss the idea almost immediately assuming it to be far more expensive than sending employees offsite. However, take a look at the big picture. Having the drug test come to you could save you more money than you think!
Onsite vs offsite
Offsite drug testing companies are scattered in cities and towns across the nation. Unless you operate your business in a sparsely populated area, it shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience for your employees to report for testing. However, once you consider drive time—which can easily include stuck-in traffic time—and, then, the wait time at the facility, it’s hard to gauge how long your employee will be gone.
If you operate a large business, it may be easier to have employees cover for one another throughout the drug testing process. Small companies, however, might not be able to do so as conveniently. Either way, though, production levels are going to fluctuate. That can cause trickle-down effects on other aspects of the business causing loss of revenue.
It’s true what they say about time being money.
Onsite drug testing affords you the convenience of speeding up the process immensely. Comparing employees being gone from their jobs for minutes versus travel and wait time is enough to have some employers reaching out to discuss their options. Another huge perk is that you can schedule your drug tests for any time of the day or night—or we offer that option here at USA Mobile Drug Testing anyway.
Don’t stop testing
If you have considered cutting out employee drug testing due to the expense, consider having the drug test come to you instead. Onsite drug testing affords you convenience and value. Your business will continue humming along without long interruptions on any level. Employees—especially the night shift—will appreciate not having to leave the site and they’ll be back to work in a matter of minutes.
Even though the majority of employee drug tests are negative, even one positive result weeds out another possibility of a serious accident occurring in the workplace. Oftentimes, when those accidents occur, it’s not just the drug user who is injured… if they are injured at all.
No one deserves to go to work one day to wind up in the hospital—or worse—due to no fault of their own. Companies that drug test have fewer accidents occur. That’s huge in and of itself! However, employers gain other benefits too.
- Less turnover
- Lower absenteeism
- Increased performance
- Reduced employee healthcare costs
- Positive workflow and employee morale
Identifying employees who suffer from drug problems is a plus in other ways too. It may be the moment that they realize that they’ve reached the end of their rope and need help. Having someone who is offering words of hope at such a bleak moment in their lives may give them the courage to follow through with that decision and change their lives for the better.
It doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves of that sometimes.