A drug-free workplace promotes safety and productivity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug-using employees are more likely to produce less, be frequently absent, have higher health insurance costs and be prone to worker’s compensation claims. All these combined can amount to substantial losses for an employer.
To give you an idea of how much you stand to lose with your employee’s drug use, here are some numbers from the Hire Right blog:
● Lost work productivity linked to employee drug use is estimated at $197 billion a year in the US. This includes absenteeism and poor job performance.
● The losses incurred by a company from hiring an employee who uses drugs illicitly amounts to $13,000 a year.
● An estimated 14.8 million workers in the U.S. are illicit drug users.