Keeping Employees Drug-Free

By Sandy Smith

“In today’s sluggish economy, most companies are exploring ways they can reduce inventory, personnel and expenses in general. But according to an executive with a Chicago construction association, many businesses may be overlooking a prime cost-saving measure: keeping employees drug-free.”

“Because drug testing may involve additional expense, some business owners and managers may decide against it,” said Tony Adolfs, executive director of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) of Chicago. “Drug testing policies help improve employee performance in most work settings. In settings where employee error can result in property damage, injuries, or loss of life, such as construction job sites, it is definitely an option worth exploring.”