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Who gets tested for drugs?

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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 annual employment screening benchmarking 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

Employees  68%

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.

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