Firms seek control

More than half of HR professionals believe that employers have the right to
influence employees’ lifestyles.

Nearly 300 Personnel Today readers took part in our News Barometer online
survey, with 54 per cent agreeing employers should be able to exert some
control on the lifestyles of their staff – whether their employees should be
able to take drugs or alcohol outside work, for example.

The findings follow the magazine’s major survey with Alcohol Concern and
DrugScope on drink and drugs in the workplace, which placed HR professionals at
the forefront of the national media.

ITN, Sky and Channel Five news featured the survey’s findings, which
highlighted the fact that a third of firms are considering testing their staff
for substance abuse.

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