In addition to saving your company money, your participation in the program helps your workforce as well as your community image. Research shows that 92 percent of Americans say that have a more positive image of companies and products that support socially responsible causes, and 75 percent say a company’s commitment to social issues is important when deciding which products and services to purchase or recommend to others.
Wondering whether the benefits of a drug-free workplace program will outweigh your cost in time and effort to set up and maintain the program? Assessing whether your business should implement a drug-free workplace program is a matter of weighing the costs and benefits, which will differ with every organization. However, your Drug-Free Workplace program can grow and change with the needs of your business, and with the help of the DWI Resource Center, your start-up costs will be negligible.
You can begin the process of determining the right course of action for your company by analyzing the cost of alcohol and other drug abuse, such as health care utilization costs and losses due to theft, absenteeism and accidents.
Weigh these costs against the documented advantages of a Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Short Term Advantages
|Fewer Accidents and disciplinary actions|
|Reduced costs due to lost productivity, absenteeism, theft and fraud|
|Access to cost savings and incentive programs offered by medical and health insurance carriers, property, casualty, and liability insurance carriers, and Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers|
|Less chance that a current user/abuser will apply for a job or be hired|
Long Term Advantages
|Improved employee morale and productivity|
|Lower costs due to losses and errors|
|Reduced costs of insurance claims|
|Greater employee awareness about alcohol and drug abuse as well as about other health issues|
|Earlier identification and resolution of problems affecting job performance|
|Decreased legal costs and costs of hiring and training new employees|
Still not convinced? Try asking yourself if your business is “at risk” for serious damage which might be caused by an employee working under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you answer yes to any of these questions, consider the benefits of a Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Do certain employees perform key functions of the organization?
Do you have employees in positions where alcohol or other drug abuse would be difficult to detect?
Do you have employees in “safety sensitive” jobs?
Do you have employees in “security sensitive” positions?