Many organisations are now implementing drug testing during the recruitment process, which, as far as we’re concerned, is the best way to make sure that employers won’t be hiring regular users of illicit drugs. An article by Bourree Lam for The Atlantic, however, raises a valid point about drug testing during recruitment weeding out great candidates as well.
Stringent drug testing and recruitment policy
This is especially true of government agencies, which naturally follow very stringent recruitment rules. The CIA, for example, has a policy that prohibits marijuana use in the last twelve months. The FBI’s is even stricter, as it asks a question on its jobs page pertaining to marijuana use in the last three years.
Definitely, many highly skilled and talented individuals have frowned on the idea of applying for a job in either agency simply because of their drug screening and recruitment policy. The FBI and the CIA missing out on some of the best possible people for specific jobs also reflects what other organizations that have taken drug policy development seriously may be missing out on when it comes to fresh recruits.
However, what employers should always make a priority is protecting the health and safety of everyone in the workplace. After all, what good are highly skilled workers if they do illicit drugs to the point where they endanger everyone else’s safety at work?
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