ERIC Number: ED371275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
The Influence of Drug Testing Attributes, Participation, and Personality on Potential Applicant's Attitudes and Job Pursuit Intentions.
Stoffey, Ronald W.
Researchers are increasingly aware of the importance of job applicants' reactions to the personnel selection process. This study examines three variables in connection with drug testing policies: (1) the potential applicant's reactions to two different drug testing policies which varied in terms of drug policy characteristics and their impact on several organizational outcome variables; (2) the extent to which employee involvement in the development of drug testing policy may enhance perceptions of fairness of drug testing; and (3) the extent to which personality, in particular normfavoring orientation, may influence perceptions of fairness of drug testing. For the study, 143 undergraduate psychology and business students read one of four recruiting brochures assigned to one of four experimental conditions. Participants who were exposed to an unfavorable drug testing policy perceived the policy as being less fair and reported lower intentions to join the company than subjects exposed to a more favorable plan. Normfavoring orientation had a significant effect on perceptions of the fairness of drug testing policy with higher normfavoring applicants perceiving drug testing policy as more fair than lower normfavoring subjects. Companies need to consider the circumstances that lead to drug testing, their administrative procedures, and the consequences of failing a drug test when designing their drug testing program. (Contains 23 references and 5 tables.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (101st, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 20-24, 1993).