What do large firms do that you should also do in your firm? Large firms drug test applicants and employees for many good reasons. Our purposes in writing this blog are twofold. First, we want to highlight the reasons why Wegmans and Frito-Lay perform drug testing, i.e. it protects employees, other third parties and your firm’s reputation. Secondly, we want to provide encouragement to perform drug testing given the fact that large firms aggressively drug test and consider it an important part of their hiring practice.
This blog post summarizes some of the more important points in these two articles. We suggest that our readers to visit the articles listed below to gather more information about the topic.
According to Money Inc., Wegmans performs both planned and random drug testing. They do so in order to encourage productivity, protect employees, maintain their reputation and save money. With 70% of their workforce operating sensitive machinery, drug testing is an important safety measure. Any accidents that occur on the job can harm the individual, their co-workers, and customers. In addition, drugs limit someone’s ability to perform tasks consistently. If an incident occurs, the resulting damages and legal fees can be costly; preventing these events is much more sensible. From their perspective, random testing is a deterrent for employees who want to remain in good standing with the company.
As one of the largest grocery chains in the nation, Wegmans seeks to uphold company values in every respect. Therefore, they expect their workers to come in ready to work. When all employees are united in this common goal, it makes for a better working environment. By enacting regular drug testing, therefore, large firms like Wegmans protect their workers and guide them in the right direction.
Frito-Lay is another great example , as they follow a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug use. Before hiring, the company conducts pre-employment drug testing on all potential employees. Additionally, they perform post-incident testing if an employee is found to be under the influence at work. Most importantly, Frito-Lay recognizes that any drug activity whatsoever is a risk to their organization. If someone is under the influence on-site, they may be tempted to sell drugs and implicate other workers. It only takes one individual to harm several other employees and damage their health. Drug use can also lead to workplace injuries, absent workers, theft, and other unfortunate incidents.
Both of these large firms are committed to their employees and business principles. Furthermore, they have maintained their reputations for decades. This is why they succeed and outlast their competition. If you own a smaller firm, it would be wise to follow their example in the future. The benefits are truly endless. With vigilance and regular drug testing, you’ll enjoy increased productivity and safety as well as a happier workplace.
James P. Randisi, President of Randisi & Associates, Inc., has since 1999 been helping employers protect their clients, workforce and reputation through implementation of employment screening and drug testing programs. This post does not constitute legal advice. Randisi & Associates, Inc. is not a law firm. Always contact competent employment legal counsel. Mr. Randisi can be contacted by phone at 410.494.0232 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the website at randisiandassociates.com.