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Poll: Would you drug test your employees?

October 11, 2010
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The quality of a business’ employees directly reflects the seriousness of the facility and its management. Finding strong, trustworthy workers is one of the most difficult tasks car-care business owners face today.

Many lube facilities have already begun instituting programs that make employee drug testing mandatory. Carwash owners have been increasingly considering the benefits of developing a drug testing policy.

Based on the results of a recent unscientific straw poll conducted by Professional Carwashing & Detailing® magazine many wash owners claim they would consider implementing a testing program for new employees.

Of the 139 individuals who responded to the poll question, just about 65 percent said they would consider drug testing new employees.

Although the majority of respondents said they would consider drug testing new employees, 35 percent of the respondents are still wary of instituting a program.

Carwash owners who spoke with the staff of PC&D regarding the poll pointed out some valid concerns associated with drug testing.

Real wash owners weigh in

  • I would consider drug testing my employees if I felt that there was a need or problem to do so,” Doug Reick owner of Doug Reick’s Manahawken Magic Wash, Manahawken, NJ, said.

    “The most important thing is to remain aware of what’s happening with your employees at your carwash. I can’t know everything that goes on at my carwash but I take every precaution to avoid hiring people that would be involved in taking or selling drugs.”

  • I did drug test my employees for several years, but I found out that many of the drugs such as cocaine can stay in a person’s system for a short period of time, and many people are able to flush out their systems, then come and take the drug test and pass it,” Todd Baright of Foam and Wash Carwash, with locations in Dutchess and Orange County, NY said.

    “It really annoyed me that someone can pass my drug test that I just paid $50 for, yet still abuse hard drugs. It’s (drug testing) a great idea but it doesn’t always work,” Baright added.

  • With my upper management, if there is any sign of drug use they are immediately terminated,” Bill Catalfio, owner of Mr. C’s Carwash, Detroit, MI, said.

    “I trust that my management is professional and responsible enough to not do any sort of drugs, especially since they must oversee the everyday work at the carwash,” Catalfio said.

    “In our society, employers, as well as the general public, hold a stigma when they find out a potential employee was caught for pot and they will most likely not hire them. What good is that?” Catalfio said.

The quality of a business’ employees directly reflects the seriousness of the facility and its management. Finding strong, trustworthy workers is one of the most difficult tasks car-care business owners face today.

Many lube facilities have already begun instituting programs that make employee drug testing mandatory. Carwash owners have been increasingly considering the benefits of developing a drug testing policy.

Based on the results of a recent unscientific straw poll conducted by Professional Carwashing & Detailing® magazine many wash owners claim they would consider implementing a testing program for new employees.

Of the 139 individuals who responded to the poll question, just about 65 percent said they would consider drug testing new employees.

Although the majority of respondents said they would consider drug testing new employees, 35 percent of the respondents are still wary of instituting a program.

Carwash owners who spoke with the staff of PC&D regarding the poll pointed out some valid concerns associated with drug testing.

Real wash owners weigh in

  • I would consider drug testing my employees if I felt that there was a need or problem to do so,” Doug Reick owner of Doug Reick’s Manahawken Magic Wash, Manahawken, NJ, said.

    “The most important thing is to remain aware of what’s happening with your employees at your carwash. I can’t know everything that goes on at my carwash but I take every precaution to avoid hiring people that would be involved in taking or selling drugs.”

  • I did drug test my employees for several years, but I found out that many of the drugs such as cocaine can stay in a person’s system for a short period of time, and many people are able to flush out their systems, then come and take the drug test and pass it,” Todd Baright of Foam and Wash Carwash, with locations in Dutchess and Orange County, NY said.

    “It really annoyed me that someone can pass my drug test that I just paid $50 for, yet still abuse hard drugs. It’s (drug testing) a great idea but it doesn’t always work,” Baright added.

  • With my upper management, if there is any sign of drug use they are immediately terminated,” Bill Catalfio, owner of Mr. C’s Carwash, Detroit, MI, said.

    “I trust that my management is professional and responsible enough to not do any sort of drugs, especially since they must oversee the everyday work at the carwash,” Catalfio said.

    “In our society, employers, as well as the general public, hold a stigma when they find out a potential employee was caught for pot and they will most likely not hire them. What good is that?” Catalfio said.

For more info
For more information on drug testing, please check out the case study and Great Debate™.

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The Professional Car Care B2B Trade Group’s™ online surveys are not scientific. The results simply reflect the opinions of those visitors to the Professional Car Care Online™ website.