How Employee Drug Abuse Costs You Money

Employee Drug Abuse Costs You MoneyAccording to the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc., business owners lose an approximate $100 billion each year due to substance abuse. Here’s a breakdown of how employee drug abuse costs you money:

  • Higher absenteeism and turnover rate
  • More job-related accidents
  • Employees who use drugs are only two thirds as productive as nonusers
  • Increased thefts, equipment damage and other unnecessary workplace costs
  • According to the U.S. Department of Labor, one in five workers report that they have had to work harder, redo work or cover for a co-worker, or have been put in danger or injured as a result of a fellow employee’s drug abuse.

Small business owners are especially vulnerable because they usually don’t have an established drug-free workplace policy, do not require new employees to submit to drug testing prior to employment and have smaller financial reserves to expend if an employee causes a job-related accident or injury while impaired.

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And, the National Drug Institute on Abuse says:

Employers with successful drug-free workplace programs report improvements in morale and productivity, and decreases in absenteeism, accidents, downtime, turnover, and theft and…report better health status among employees and family members and decreased use of medical benefits by these same groups.

Check out our blog post, 7 Reasons For A Drug-Free Policy.

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