If you're not testing employees for drugs yet, some of your best excuses are going up in smoke. New testing devices are cheaper and less invasive than urine tests. Example: Products from companies like Avitar and LabOne simply require employees to swab their mouths with a Q-tip-shaped sensing device.
Still, many companies turn a blind eye to drug abuse. About two-thirds of large U.S. employers do testing, but very few small companies do.
Yet more than 10 percent of employees use drugs at small companies (under 25 workers), compared with about 4 percent of employees at midsize firms (100 to 500 workers), according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Have good reasons to test
It's not just off-the-job abuse. Fifteen percent of illicit drug users and 6 percent of heavy alcohol users say they've gone to work high or drunk in the past year. And if you're worried about the cost o...(register to read more)