The hiring stakes are particularly high for small businesses. That’s why about two-thirds of small business owners reported in a recent survey that they ask job candidates to undergo drug tests before being hired.
“For small businesses, a bad hire represents a greater proportional cost for the organization than that of large enterprises, since every key employee has a huge impact on the business and its customers,” says Rachel Trindade, a vice president at HireRight, a consulting firm that conducts an annualbenchmarking survey.
“Even a single bad hire can stunt a small organization’s future growth,” she says.
Job candidates aren’t the only ones submitting to drug tests. Almost 70% of small business employers ask their employees to do so, too.
Drug testing by employee type
Job candidates 65%
Contract workers 27%
Safety personnel 14%
Source: HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Survey, November 2014
Note: Remember, don’t ask applicants to be drug tested until after you have made a conditional offer of employment.