Why Should a Small Business Schedule Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedures?

Small businesses are far less likely than major corporations to employ workplace drug and alcohol testing procedures. Issues, such as perceived reduction in expenditures, cause small business owners to exercise too much leniency or simply skate around this asset altogether. This is unfortunate, because many alcoholics and drug abusers pick small businesses to employ them, hoping and in some cases expecting that their abusive habits will not be noticed or will not be considered inappropriate. Small business owners are especially prone to hiring the wrong personnel and should consider how valuable it would be to employ regular drug and alcohol testing for their employees. It is recommended that you use pre-employment testing, as well as regular post-employment testing.

There are multiples reasons why you should use drug and alcohol testing for your small business. The most-used reason is that it is company policy and/or a legal requirement. Company policy should be comprehensive, even if it is for a small business, and should clearly outline what should be done in the event of employee substance abuse. Other reasons include the character and temperament of your employees, which greatly affect client relations, productivity and net income. Also, if you business is in a high-risk industry, such as mining, construction, and aviation, drug and alcohol testing is extremely important, if not mandatory. Your employees must be held accountable for their actions, or their coworkers could be put at risk due to carelessness or irresponsible actions. [1]

Small businesses are especially prone to hiring employees who are simply looking to “get by,” rather than contributing to the growth and development of the company. Small businesses have enough trouble getting off the ground and succeeding past the first two years without employing lackadaisical workers who simply do not care about improvement of your company. Search out and target employees who are high-energy, highly-motivated and who have creative inspiration to come up with new ideas and innovations for your business. Become a better boss by taking management and psychology courses to facilitate a safe, creative working environment. And most importantly, back up your words with solid actions through the implementation of drug and alcohol testing within your workplace. [2]

Whether you are a small business owner or are just now looking to start a business, examine all strategies for success, including regular testing procedures. If you keep doing what you have been doing, you will keep achieving the same results as you have in the past. Learn and grow in order to become a larger company. Contact CMM Technology today: +618-9204-2500.

1. “119 Monthly Labor Review 1996 Prevalence of Drug Testing in the Workplace .” HeinOnline. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 June 2011. http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/month119&div=113&id=&page=.

2. “Critical Success Factors For Small Business: Perceptions Of South Pacific Entrepreneurs.” Questia. N.p., n.d. Web. 7 June 2011. http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst?docId=5000332253.

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