4 METHODS to AVOID HIRING SUBSTANCE ABUSERS

by Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT TEST & 3 OTHER METHODS HELP YOU PREDICT IF JOB APPLICANT IS SUBSTANCE ABUSER

Window cleaning companies can use one kind of pre-employment personality test that gives owners and managers a quick, easy way to avoid hiring substance abusers – e.g., alcoholics and drug abusers – and other bad characters. Plus, you also have a few more methods you can use in your goal to avoid hiring substance abusers.

FACTS: SUBSTANCE ABUSING EMPLOYEES WASTE YOUR CLEANING COMPANY’S MONEY

Fact #1

No manager I ever spoke with wants to hire a drug abuser or alcoholic.

Fact #2

Substance abusing employees can waste huge amounts of a window cleaning company’s money.

According to U.S. Department of Labor estimates, drug abusing employees waste $75 - $100 billion/year in (a) lost time, (b) accidents, (c) healthcare, and (d) workers’ compensation. In fact, substance abusers force horribly expensive problems onto their employers:

  • 65% of on-the-job accidents are by substance abusers
  • 3 times more absences than non-substance abusers
  • 16 times more healthcare benefits than non-abusers
  • 16 times more likely than non-substance abusers to file worker’s compensation claim

Fact #3

If you send drug abusing employee for treatment, it costs you big bucks.

Your company pays money for alcoholism or drug abuse problem you did not cause. Translation: You pay to treat a substance abusing employee you did not need to hire in the first place!

Fact #4

Dealing with substance abuser wastes expensive management time.

Conclusion = Managers need to use pre-employment tests and other steps to avoid hiring alcoholics, drug addicts, and substance abusers.

Here are four methods to help you avoid putting substance abusers on your payroll.

1st METHOD = PRE-EMPLOYMENT TEST PREDICTING SUBSTANCE ABUSER PERSONALITY

One type of personality test helps you quickly predict – or forecast – if a job applicant may be a substance abuser. You do, after all, want dependable employees – including employees who are not possibly alcoholics or drug abusers.

I call such a pre-employment test a “Bad Apple Test.” Why? This test helps you avoid hiring an applicant who is a “bad apple” – someone with flaws that harm productivity and waste your window cleaning company’s money.

A good pre-employment test that helps you avoid substance abusers predicts up to five crucial factors that impact applicants’ job performance:

a. Substance Abuse concerns
b. Theft / Stealing concerns
c. Honesty
d. Impulsiveness [e.g., safety, accidents, etc.]
e. Work Ethic



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Hiring managers, of course, crave to hire applicants whose pre-employment test scores indicate low concern for possible Substance Abuse. You also want applicants who are (1) unlikely to steal, (2) honest, (3) not Impulsive, plus (4) have good work ethic.

In sum, a pre-employment test predicting substance abuse personalities helps window cleaning company owners and managers achieve their goals to
+ screen-in “good apples”
- screen-out “bad apples”

2ND METHOD – AVOID HIRING SMOKERS

You reduce your odds of hiring alcohol or drug abusers, if you can avoid hiring smokers. Reason: Most substance abusers are smokers.

Question: How often have you met an alcoholic or drug addict who did not smoke? Answer: Probably seldom or never!

So, if you avoid hiring smokers, then it will be harder to hire a substance abuser.

Note: Not all smokers are substance abusers, but most substance abusers are smokers.

More than 67% of drug abusers are tobacco smokers, according to research published in the scientific journal “Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology.”

Amount of drug consumption correlates to the amount of smoking, according to research conducted at Integrated Substance Abuse Program of UCLA:
- More smoking = more drug-taking
- Less smoking = less drug-taking
Point:

Check to see if your state has laws about not hiring people who smoke. Some states allow it, and others do not.

With this substance abuse and smoking information, you can decide what to do if you
A. smell smoke on job applicant
B. see cigarette pack on applicant
C. notice applicant’s car ashtray has cigarette butts
D. discover other signs applicant is a smoker

3RD METHOD – WARN APPLICANTS YOU MAY GIVE DRUG TESTS

Many companies tell applicants they must take a drug test – if the company might hire them. Good News = This warning scares away some applicants who are substance abusers.

4TH METHOD = ACTUALLY GIVE DRUG TESTS BEFORE HIRING

Unfortunately, problems with drug tests are very big problems: Drug tests are
- expensive
- cheated or faked –easily
- inaccurate in their results – many times

Caution: An “underground” industry exists that helps job applicants avoid having alcohol or drug use uncovered in a drug test! So, many applicants know they can “fake-out” a drug test.

STOP HIRING SUBSTANCE ABUSERS – DRUG ABUSERS & ALCOHOLICS

Certain pre-employment personality tests plus other methods help you avoid hiring substance abusers who rob your window cleaning company of productivity and profits – plus waste your valuable management time.

Stop hiring substance abusers using four methods:
1. Have applicants take pre-employment personality test that predicts substance abuse
2. Perhaps do not hire smokers
3. ‘Threaten’ to give applicants drug test
4. Give costly drug tests before putting applicant on your payroll

It is best for you to use all four methods. Doing all four saves you time and money.

Make sure you hire the best – and avoid hiring substance abusing alcoholics or drug addicts!


© Copyright 2020 Michael Mercer, Ph.D.

Michael Mercer, Ph.D., is a business psychologist, consultant, and speaker.  He created the 3 “Forecaster™ Tests.”   These pre-employment tests are used by window cleaning and other companies to assess job applicants.  Dr. Mercer wrote 6 books, including “Hire the Best & Avoid the Rest™.”  Subscribe to his free Management Newsletter at www.MercerSystems.com.  You can see examples of his “Forecaster™” pre-employment tests used by window cleaning companies by calling his office = 847-521-2554.

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