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Protect Your Business and Your Employees

May 23, 2013

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Your business is your baby, its your life, its what you’ve spent the past few years building and shaping and transforming into something you can be proud of. When you hire new employees, you’re essentially putting your business in their hands. You have to be able to trust them to do their best, just as you do every day. But what if they’re hiding something that could bring your business down?

Drugs are a terrible affliction for many, and can sometimes lead to trouble in their daily working lives as well. That’s why many business employ Department of Transportation drug testing procedures in a pre-employment screen as part of a pre-employment screening test. Furthermore, those same businesses make sure that a pre-employment background screening separates any serious convicts or otherwise dangerous individuals from more desirable employees.

Alcohol and drug testing has increasingly become the standard for both hiring procedures as well as continued employment. Employees at many businesses can expect to be randomly subjected to a drug test, DOT-style. This is not longer seen as an invasion of privacy or a symptom of paranoia on their bosses’ part, but rather a reasonable safety precaution that most employers take. In fact, depending on the kind of work you do, it can be very dangerous not to subject your employees to alcohol and drug testing on the job.

If your employees operate heavy machinery or otherwise take their lives and/or the lives of others into their hands on a regular basis, you want to make certain that they are not inebriated. They may very well end the lives they’re responsible for if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You, as the employer ultimately responsible for what goes on in the workplace, then become legally liable if you haven’t taken adequate precautions to prevent just that kind of disaster from occurring.

Obviously, its not your fault if an employee decides to abuse drugs or alcohol, especially while on the job. However, it is part of your job to make sure that your employees have a safe work environment in which to excel. If they have to worry that someone is going to run into them with a forklift, include weird phrases in everything they write, or some other disaster, its rather hard for your employees to give their best.

Don’t be afraid to implement drug and alcohol testing procedures at your workplace. You’re not being invasive or immoral, you’re being cautious and looking out for the safety and well-being of your employees. They’ll thank you in the long run.


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