Hiring a new employee to join your team can be a stressful process, especially if you run a small business. Some larger companies may have a revolving door of employees coming and going, but with a smaller company, you likely won’t have that many employees working for you. That’s why it’s so important to make good, informed decisions when hiring. Employee background checks are necessary to ensure that you are making the best possible hiring decision for your company. The people you hire will be a direct reflection of your company, so you want to be sure you find trustworthy employees to be a part of your team. Most jobs today have a great number of candidates applying for the same position, so to keep costs down, you will definitely want to narrow down the candidates before a background check company runs the pre-employment screening for your potential new hires.
After you interview all of the candidates for the position and make your decision on the best person for the job, the next step is pre-employment screening, or having a background check company conduct a search to see if your potential hire has a criminal history. Whether this information will disqualify the candidate or not, it is good to know who you are really hiring to work in your business, and you can’t just take someone’s word for if they are a good person or not. Businesses that run background checks as a condition for employment usually notify the applicant and the applicant signs off, knowing that a check is going to be conducted. You would think at this point if you had a bad history, you might not continue and consent to the check. That’s not usually how it works. You would be surprised at some of the information that can be learned about applicants that you thought for sure were going to be your next employee of the month.
Do your research and find a reputable background check company that will run a thorough search on the potential employee’s past. There are reviews online for everything, including companies that conduct pre-employment screening, so do your homework and choose a company that has good reviews and won’t just take your money and run, while providing you with an inaccurate history on your potential employee. If you have any doubts that you need employee background checks for your business, just watch or read the news. It won’t take long for you to see the horror stories that exist about business owners losing thousands of dollars at the hands of their own employees.
Not every employee you hire will cause you a loss, and not every employee will take a ton of merchandise or money, but pre-employment screening will help you reduce the chances of hiring someone that has already been arrested or fired for these kinds of dishonest activities. I remember seeing one particular story about a young woman that had worked for a business for several years, and she was taking a little bit at a time, which added up to a whole lot in the end. In fact, the employee was able to steal around $45,000 worth of cash in the seven years that she worked for the business. Can you imagine what kind of damage that kind of loss would cause your business? It’s best not to take chances when looking to bring someone new on your team, because if you don’t run employee background checks, this person could wind up working for you next.
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