Last updated: March 23, 2020
Current workforce data shows that when a company invests in drug testing programs, workplace injury rates can decline by as much as 51 percent over the course of two years. Therefore, it makes good business sense to update your HR practices to include pre-employment and random drug testing of employees. If your organization is struggling to manage the scheduling, development, and maintenance of a drug-free workplace, a mobile drug testing program may be an option to consider.
Mobile Drug Testing Benefits
There are multiple benefits to using a mobile drug testing approach to creating a drug free workplace.
Unlike off-site drug testing where an employee must leave work to be tested, mobile drug testing brings the test directly to your employees. That’s handy for the receptionist at the office, but it’s a tremendous benefit for a construction crew at a job site or a trucker who was just involved in an accident.
This means less downtime—usually just minutes per test, and significant cost savings, greater efficiency, higher employee productivity and retention rates, and more.
Based on data from the National Safety Council, 80 percent of the employees who have been severely injured at work were not drug users, but were victims of the mistakes or carelessness of drug-abusing employees. If a company wants to maximize their human capital, they will invest wisely in programs that support a safer work environment. Other advantages of mobile drug testing are outlined below.
Getting Refocused on Business Operations
Working with a mobile drug testing provider enables your leaders to put their focus back on the critical aspects of operating a successful business. How? The mobile drug testing company can handle all the details of managing, reporting, and developing customized drug testing programs for your personnel. We understand that time is money for your business, with solutions designed to increase efficiency and reduce the costs of administering a consistent drug testing program. This raises your business reputation in the industry, while not compromising on quality of the people you employ.
More About Time and Cost Benefits
How much time and money is your organization spending on managing your current drug testing program? If you are like many companies, you routinely send people for pre-employment drug testing and maybe you also conduct regular random or event-driven drug and alcohol testing. This can be costly, especially if you get a positive drug test and have to reject a candidate or terminate an employee.
Mobile drug testing comes to your doors. This helps your company to save money upfront on drug and alcohol tests. It also reduces the risks associated with not testing your employees. A 2011 survey from the Society of Human Resource Management identified 64 percent of companies that do not test after candidates have been hired on a contingent basis, and further, the survey revealed that 40 percent of companies do not test candidates before offering a job. But this can be like playing Russian roulette.
The US Navy advised that for each employee who has been found to be abusing substances, the costs can rack up to be as much as $6,600 more than employees who do not use drugs and alcohol. These costs are attributed to loss of production, absenteeism, accidents and injuries on the job, property damage, and even legal fees. Mobile drug testing can support better recruitment of a higher caliber of employees, while reducing losses associated with drug use in the workplace.
Growing Your Reputation as an Employer of Choice
Reducing work related injuries and accidents, and creating a drug free environment can elevate the reputation of any company. Employees will feel safer and be able to focus on their work when they know your drug-free policy is enforced 100 percent. A Gallup poll indicated that 95 percent of safety-related occupations include employees who prefer that their co-workers are drug tested, and another 92 percent of health care professionals prefer their co-workers are routinely tested for substance abuse. Be known for being an employer of choice that cares about the safety of its employees.