The Drug Free Workplace is a White Collar Fabrication
Poor Ohio employers in the manufacturing and industrial sectors. It’s been a rough couple of years with you being forced to turn away otherwise completely perfect job candidates due to their “drug abuse.” Based on new information from the Employers Resource Council for the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County, 47.5% of employers in manufacturing have just said no to qualified employees based on a failed or inconclusive drug test. In other industry sectors the percent is around 25–still staggering, but the difference is a real song, don’t you think?
So what is going on in this economy that is causing blue collar workers to fail drug tests so sharply where their white collar counterparts are able to pass any drug test so easily? That’s right. According to an article posted in the Newark Advocate this week, “For non-manufacturing businesses seeking a salaried employee, only 4 percent of businesses had a single positive test. In fact, 20 percent of all employers said they didn’t have anyone fail a test.”
Could it be that–in fact–there is absolutely no disparity whatsoever between these two groups of people and their level of drug use, but that one group can afford methods for passing a drug test while the other cannot?
Think about it. If you have been laid off from a blue collar job for 18 months or more, you don’t have a savings account, a 401(k), or a mutual fund to turn to. However, if you have been unemployed from a white collar job for the same amount of time, chances are, you received 3-12 months severance pay, an extension on your medical and dental care, and some kind of rollover option for your Roth IRA or 401(k). But you see, that entire last sentence is Greek to most of the country, and even though most of us know what it takes to get THC out of our systems for a drug test, many of us need a more affordable option because we can’t just drop money that was meant to be for dinner or our kid’s new shoes on a drug detox kit.
Luckily there are cheap ways to pass a drug test, but the problem is that most of blue collar America is not in the loop on this information! So spread the word and let’s close the gap between employable and not employable in Ohio for starters.
I know that much of my audience believes that smoking weed should not be considered a crime. But guys, for now it is, and so we have to protect ourselves well when it comes to employment drug testing and other fun things that fall into that category.
Protect yourself so no one can take away your job. Well, except for the economy. But that won’t be over a [literal] pissing contest!