DATIA is pleased to announce the results of the first-ever industry developed and implemented drug testing efficacy study. Key findings of the study are below:
*Some organizations found that conducting drug tests improved employee productivity and reduced absenteeism.
What percentage of organizations conducted pre-employment drug testing in 2011? More than one-half of organizations (57%) indicated that they conduct drug testing on all job candidates. More than one-quarter (29%) of the organizations do not have a pre-employment drug testing program.
Is there a correlation between drug testing programs and absenteeism? Yes. In organizations with high employee absenteeism rates (more than 15%), the implementation of a drug testing program appears to have an impact. Nine percent of organizations reported high absenteeism rates (>15%) prior to a drug testing program, whereas only 4% of organizations reported high absenteeism rates after the implementation of a drug testing program, a decrease of approximately 50%.
Are workers compensation rates affected by drug testing programs? Yes. In organizations with high workers compensation incidence rates (>6%), the implementation of a drug testing program appears to have an impact. Fourteen percent of organizations reported high workers compensation incidence rates prior to a drug testing program, whereas only 6% of organizations reported similar rates of workers comp after the implementation of a drug testing program, a decrease of approximately 50%.
Do drug testing programs improve employee productivity rates? Nearly one-fifth (19%) of organizations experienced an increase in productivity after the implementation of a drug testing program.
How much of an impact do drug testing programs have on employee turnover rates? Employee turnover rates decreased nearly one-fifth (16%) in organizations after the implementation of drug testing programs.
Do multinational organizations apply similar drug testing protocols/policies in the United States and globally? Nearly three-quarters (72%) of organizations that have multinational operations indicated that all, almost all or some of the same protocols/policies are applied while conducting drug tests outside the United States.
The poll of 1,058 randomly selected HR professionals examined employers’ drug testing policies and practices.