Should You Require Seasonal Employees to Take a Drug Test?

There is seasonal employment to be found every summer in Kansas City. There are amusement park jobs at Worlds of Fun, counselor positions at the dozens of day-camps in the metro area, and lifeguard positions at neighborhood pools. If you’re out and about with your family this summer, you’re encountering seasonal employees. Have you ever considered whether these staff members have been adequately drug-screened for their position?

Some may consider requiring seasonal employees to take a drug test to be an unnecessary expense because the employees are temporary. However, seasonal employees drug testing has several benefits that are worth the cost.

Reasons for Seasonal Employee Drug Testing

1. Reduce the Number of On-Site Accidents

Studies have shown that routine drug tests can significantly reduce the number of on-site accidents, though it is difficult to get exact numbers on how drug and alcohol use impacts workplace safety because not all workers are routinely tested. Seasonal employees who steer clear of drugs are less likely to show up to work impaired and run the risk of hurting others or themselves. Even though they fill a short-term gap during the summer, it’s important to remember that seasonal workers can negatively impact your workplace if they cause damage to your property, your customers, or their fellow coworkers.

2. Increase Children’s Safety

Many seasonal employees work in jobs that require them to interact with children, including lifeguards, camp counselors, and theme park workers. The best way to ensure the safety of any children these workers will interact with is to require drug tests before they start. An added bonus of this policy means that you can let parents and customers know that drug testing is part of your hiring process, providing peace of mind. Employees that cannot pass routine drug tests should not be working around small children.

3. Reduce Costs

Maintaining a workplace that is also a drug-free zone can help reduce your company’s expenses. Providing proof of drug tests will decrease your liability insurance and your health care costs as well as significantly reducing the chance that you will get sued because someone was injured on the job. This is imperative in industries where your seasonal employees operate heavy machinery or are directly responsible for the safety of others, i.e. theme park operators or lifeguards.

4. Attract Higher-Quality Workers

Routine drug abusers generally avoid applying to companies that are open about drug testing seasonal employees. Word will spread about your mandatory drug testing policies and drug users will be forced to look for employment elsewhere. This will have the added bonus of bringing in serious candidates who you may want to hire again in the future or who you may eventually want to hire as full-time employees.

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