Should your business create a drug testing policy? While many individuals have differing opinions on this question, this activity remains a fairly common activity associated with the hiring process for many of the nation’s largest companies. To understand why, let’s take a closer look at one of the largest companies that maintains a zero-tolerance drug policy: FedEx.
The main purpose behind FedEx’s drug testing policy is to uphold their reputation as one of the leading delivery service providers. After all, FedEx employees handle hazardous materials and conduct heavy equipment on a daily basis. Mishaps in either of these categories instantly invite unwelcome negative press. With their strict drug testing policy, the company is able to help keep citizens and employees safe while maintaining a great reputation.
Does your firm want to maintain its excellent reputation, protect individuals and profits? Then, if drug testing is appropriate, we encourage you to contact us to help answer any questions you might have about a drug testing program.
It’s worth bearing in mind that FedEx maintains a zero-tolerance drug policy for the reasons outlined above. While their reasoning is sound, that doesn’t mean that zero-tolerance policies are the only legitimate choice. In past blog posts , we’ve outlined how more flexible drug testing policies offer employers the chance to help individuals and ensure the necessary steps are taken to keep them safe and productive at their place of business. We’re not in the business of creating, “Gotcha!” moments, but rather creating a safe and friendly work environment for everyone.
While your own drug policy does not have to be as strict as FedEx’s in order to be effective, there is one thing in particular that we universally recommend implementing. That is, requiring your teammates to acknowledge your drug policy, including awareness of the potential random drug testing program. As we have outlined in previous posts random drug testing policies serve as a way to ensure your team is fully committed to the safety of themselves and others. While safety is priority number one, you could even save yourself millions of dollars in potential damages in a worst case scenario type of situation.
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.