More than half of employers (57%) conduct drug tests on all job candidates, while only 29% do not conduct drug tests on any job candidates, according to a poll released 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%), and 12% 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.