Recent Poll Reveals Overwhelming ROI From Employment Drug Testing

Robert Capwell

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Urine Drug TestingAccording to a survey released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) in September of 2011, over 57% of employers polled conduct pre-employment drug testing on all job candidates.  Almost 70% of the employers surveyed revealed the use of drug testing for pre-employment had testing programs in place for seven years or longer.  The study was composed of 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals, and the results continue to show that employers realize a significant return on investment (ROI) by incorporating a drug testing program with their organization.  The following information is summary of a few key points revealed by the survey.

Here are some of the employer benefits of drug testing as revealed by the study:

  • Organizations with high absenteeism rates (more than 15%) experienced a decrease in absenteeism of approximately 50% after implementing a drug testing program
  • Organizations with high workers’ compensation incidence rates experienced a decrease of approximately 50% after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 19% of the survey respondents revealed an increase in employee productivity after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 16% of survey respondents revealed a decrease in employee turn-over after implementing a drug testing program
  • Approximately 72% of employers with multinational operations indicated that they use the same protocols and policies used in the United States when conducting drug testing outside of the U.S.

The study also compared the use of pre-employment drug testing by employer size and revealed that larger organizations utilized drug testing significantly more than smaller organizations.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing Utilization By Employer Size

1-99 employees

39%

100-499 employees

56%

500-2,499 employees

62%

2,500-24,999 employees

71%

25,000 plus employees

71%

 

The use of random drug testing continues to trend upward over the past few years as revealed by recent studies.

Type Drug Testing Used

2011

2010

2006

Post-Accident Testing

47%

46%

39%

 

The survey also polled employers as to the type of drug testing utilized by each.  Urine-lab based testing continues to be the method of choice by employers.

Type of Testing

Percent Used

Type of Testing

Percent Used

Urine-lab based

84%

Oral fluid – lab based

5%

Urine-instant

24%

Oral fluid – instant

5%

Hair testing

6%

Other

4%

 

Employment Background Investigations offers a wide variety of options when it comes to drug and alcohol testing programs, from pre-employment, random, post-accident and mobile collection options for both regulated DOT and traditional testing.  With vast expertise and knowledge, EBI can help you develop a drug testing program to meet your specific needs, whether lab based or instant solution. 

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Robert Capwell

Posted By: Robert Capwell

EBI’s Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Robert E. Capwell, is considered one of the leading experts in the background screening industry with over 22 years of experience in the field. Mr. Capwell was a contributing author of the second edition of the ASIS Pre-employment Background Screening Guidelines and has written numerous articles and whitepapers for various publications including a periodic column on background screening for The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Online. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Human Resource Executive Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, and several HR-related publications. Mr. Capwell speaks regularly to industry colleagues and HR Professionals both nationally and internationally.

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