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CareerXroads Research: Pre-Employment Drug Screening

With the changes the United States is seeing at a state level with regards to the legal use of recreational and medicinal drugs, companies have an interesting challenge ahead of them when considering pre-employment drug screening. Additionally, companies know that performing drug screening on 100% of their candidates can be incredibly expensive and often has an astonishingly low rate of positive (failure to pass) test results. For years this has created a question around the idea of changing standard testing procedures, honoring state and local laws over federal laws, and even re-evaluating the job types that would require testing.

CareerXroads asked its member companies a few questions with regards to the current state of their pre-employment drug screening practices and found in this CareerXroads Pre-Employment Drug Screening Report that 80% of participating companies said that less than 25% of their US new hires are currently required to pass a pre-employment drug screen. While 65% of responding companies are enterprise level employers reporting to have more than 25,000 employees the trend of those new hires and employees still subject to screening seemed to sit squarely with customer facing or safety sensitive positions.

CareerXroads members are able to access the full benchmark and review of collected information and open comments provided by participating member companies for this report and several others after logging in and visiting the CXR Research page. Members or guests that have questions about this survey or would like more details around the data collected should contact CareerXroads directly.

As a member, you can comment here or join the active conversation around this topic currently taking place in our Operations eXchange.  Not participating in an eXchange?  Just connect with Chris or Gerry to find out how you can be included in this existing benefit of your company’s membership at CareerXroads!

Chris Hoyt

A veteran of recruiting and HR, Hoyt is a sought-after speaker with presentations including national conferences with SHRM, LinkedIn, HR Technology and others in the USA as well as iRecruit, Australasian Talent Conference and more abroad. Chris has been promoting and leading full scale and enterprise-wide integrations of social media and mobile marketing within workforce strategies for his entire career. His expertise and passion for interactive/social recruiting, candidate experience, and both national and international recruiting strategies are all areas that Hoyt now leverages as co-owner and President at CareerXroads, a Recruiting/Staffing consulting and think tank organization that works with corporate leaders from around the world to break out of traditional recruitment practices and push the envelope in an effort to win the ongoing war for top talent.


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