The Top 5 Reasons to Do Workplace Drug Testing

workplace drug testingBefore we delve into workplace drug testing, let’s take a look at what sort of qualities or characteristics or abilities an employee might have which would be valued and sought after by an employer. 

Five Top Characteristics of a Good Employee

Although different employers in different professions would likely seek specific skills and attributes germane to their particular business or industry, there are certain employee qualities of responsibility and reliability that are commonly agreed upon.  Let’s take a look at five of those, and how they would dovetail with real reasons for workplace drug testing.

  • Teamwork and a positive attitude.  Most jobs in the workplace require an individual to be able to work well with others in the organization in order to accomplish the shared goals of the organization.
  • Problem solving skills.  Employer’s value employees who are able to identify and find solutions to problems related to their job, whether simple or complex.  The ability to reason, to evaluate importances and to implement realistic and workable solutions is vital.
  • Ability to learn.  An employee, whether new on the job or not, needs to be able to study, to learn new skills, and successfully stay abreast of technological advances and organizational changes.
  • Management skills.  Employees who demonstrate the ability to manage and lead others are of utmost value to an employer.  The qualities of an executive can be learned, and the person’s skill to manage and lead becomes an organizational asset.
  • Communication skills.  Although placed at the end of the list, it is actually the most valuable of all, and underlies every other quality and ability mentioned.

Communication skills encompass the ability to get along with others, and determine the quality of an individual’s interpersonal relationships, key to success in the work-a-day world.

Five Top Characteristics of a Drug Addict

Just for the sake of comparison, let’s look at five common characteristics of a person who is addicted to drugs or alcohol, from the viewpoint of how it would adversely affect their performance on a job, their fellow employees, the employer, and the overall functioning and well being of the organization.

  • Loss of Interest. The drug user or addict loses interest in nearly everything in life, including their job, except for their drug of choice, and how to get their next fix.
  • Mood Swings.  The changes in mood tend to be erratic and unpredictable, and out-of-character for the person prior to his or her abusing drugs.
  • Erratic Behavior.  Erratic implies it is unpredictable, and one will not know what to expect next.  For the purposes of example, an addict could potentially be moody, depressed, giddy, violent, aggressive, defensive, or paranoid, all changeable.
  • Argumentative.
  • Erratic sleep habits.  Depending on the drug of choice, an addict may go for days without sleep with resultant physical and mental consequences.  Or the addict may “crash”, and sleep for excessive amounts of time, also with attendant consequences.

See this What is Addiction video for further information on substance abuse.

Five Top Reasons for Workplace Drug Testing

It is readily apparent that the qualities and characteristics of a desirable employee are in direct and stark contrast to the qualities and characteristics of a person who is an addict, and abuses drugs.  As a business owner or an employer, it is obvious how destructive a substance abuser could and would be if they were employed in one’s organization as an employee, but exhibiting the behavior and characteristics of a drug addict due to their undetected substance abuse.

To protect a business, its employees, its current and future financial viability, safeguard its longevity, and ensure a saner and safer workplace for everyone involved, it is vital to implement workplace drug testing.