Employers all over the world have established drug testing programs to keep everyone in the workplace healthy, safe, and productive, but an article by Lydia DePillis for The Washington Post says there is a dip in drug tests in the workplace because there’s not much evidence that drug tests actually improve safety and productivity.
Employers doing drug tests said to have declined
Citing polls conducted by the American Management Association on employers, DePillis says that the percentage of those who actually subjected their personnel to drug testing has steadily declined through 2004, which, incidentally, was the last year the AMA surveyed employees on the matter.
DePillis often cites Lewis Maltby, president of the National Workrights Institute, as asserting that drug testing is a “waste of money”. He also says that the whole drug testing thing has become “sort of a game”, and that “employers know it doesn’t mean anything”.
Despite the numbers, drug tests help establish drug-safe workplace
Considering that the last time the AMA polled employers about drug tests was 11 years ago, things might have already changed if another poll was conducted today. All signs point to the fact that more and more employers are implementing drug tests, and not because they love wasting money. Over the years, there have been countless incidents involving drugs in the workplace, and drug tests have helped prevent workplace accidents, or at least have pinpointed the drug-users responsible for such mishaps. Whether they admit it or not, drug tests are working and still help in establishing a drug-safe work environment.
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