A recent survey carried out by Croner reveals that one in eight companies is already testing employees for drug abuse.
Introducing random drug testing for staff has been investigated by almost half of all UK companies.
Richard Smith, consultant for Croner says, “The general softening of society’s attitude towards consumption of certain illegal drugs has raised subsequent wider concerns over the impact of drugs at work, and has left companies facing a major dilemma on how much influence they can have over an employee’s private life.”
The research providers indicate that while a company has a right to protect their corporate image they must also only take such measures if there are clear vissible signs of substance abuse.
Smith continues “If companies are considering implementing workplace drugs tests, they need to establish explicit guidelines on what they’re doing, what is expected of their employees and what sanctions they risk if they fail any given test.
This issue raises a great debate topic and raises questions of legal and civil liberty implications. HR Zone would like hear your view. Perhaps your company already carries out random drug testing? What are your experiences?