Background checks keep your employees, clients, and business safe. Your employees are the most important investment you can make as a company. Unfortunately, investments can be a gamble and the bad employees can cost your company a lot in terms of time, money, and safety in the long run.
What Makes a Bad Employee?
Companies don’t intentionally hire employees who will put others at risk but, sometimes, there is an immediate need to fill a position or due to a sudden worker resignation or unpredicted seasonal product influx. A bad hire could compromise safety and cost the company money by working under the influence of drugs or alcohol or a bad hire could have a long list of traffic citations and DUIs. Employees risking safety is an obvious problem but employees that don’t do their work, and have a history of this, but whose work history wasn’t checked will drive down productivity.
What Can a Background Check Entail?
For the most part, employers want to know that you aren’t a violent felon and that your education and previous employment history can be verified. However, businesses need to protect themselves so if someone shoplifted as a teenager and it was never expunged, a retail employer probably wouldn’t be willing to risk hiring them, even if it was years ago. Below are the screening services that a background check can utilize:
- Criminal Record Check
- Social Security Trace
- Sex Offender Records
- Government Watch Lists (Local, State, Federal, International)
- Driver History
- Employment Verification
- Drug Screening
- Physical Exams
- Applicant On-Boarding
- Contractor Screening
- Volunteer Screening
- International Screening
- Custom Web Portals & Job Boards
Are Background Checks Required?
Some industries like home healthcare, insurance, and financial sectors require background checks because these people will be handling personal, private information. A person applying for an executive position will go through a more stringent testing than a minimum wage or part-time employee. Different screenings can be requested from the company based on the candidate’s position (an office manager wouldn’t need a physical like a construction worker within the same company.)