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Some organizations found that conducting drug tests improved employee productivity and reduced absenteeism.
Alexandria, Va. — More than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates, while only 29 percent do not conduct drug tests on any job candidates, according to a poll released today by the
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in collaboration with and commissioned by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA).
Most employers who use tests on job candidates have done so for seven years or more (69 percent), and 12 percent have used them for five to six years.
“Among the organizations using these testing programs, the tendency is to continue the use of them over relatively long periods of time,” said Mark Schmit, director of research at SHRM. “In addition, organizations are reporting positive impacts related to drug and alcohol testing that supports the efficacy of these programs."
The SHRM/ DATIA poll –
Drug Testing Efficacy— found that some employers noticed an impact on employee productivity, absenteeism and workers compensation incidence rates after implementing drug testing programs.
Neil Fortner, DATIA Chairman elect and the study’s principal investigator said, “The data show that drug testing may yield a high return on investment by creating a more stable, productive and safe workplace.”
The poll of 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals examines employers’ drug testing policies and practices. Among other findings:
“Cost, logistics and consideration for candidates influence when drug tests are given,” said Richard Jordan, a member of SHRM's Staffing and Talent Management Expertise Panel. "If used, it's typically at the pre- or post-offer stages as part of the pre-employment verification process, depending on each organization's policy and standard procedures."
For details, visit the research section of SHRM.org at
http://www.shrm.org/Research. Follow SHRM Research on Twitter
For more information or to schedule an interview with a human resource expert, contact Jennifer Hughes at 703-535-6072 and
Laura Shelton, with DATIA at 800-355-1257, ext. 40 or
The Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) was founded in 1995 and is the largest association representing the entire spectrum of drug and alcohol testing service providers including: collection sites, laboratories,
consortia/third party administrators,
medical review officers, and testing equipment manufacturers. DATIA’s mission is to provide education, resources, and advocacy to those involved in and interested in drug and alcohol testing. Visit DATIA Online at
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