When it's time to hire a new employee, there are so many steps to the process that sometimes it can seem a bit overwhelming. Wading through applications, conducting countless interviews, checking numerous references, and let's not forget all of the paperwork you have to do! It all seems a bit much at times, doesn't it?
You may even wonder if you can skip a few steps here and there, to make things easier on yourself. On the other hand, you might end up missing a step or two without meaning to or realizing it. This is understandable, since there's only so much one person can do, right?
While your business will dictate what all your hiring process encompasses, one step no business should miss is the pre-employment background checks for your new hires. Here are three reasons why this should be one of your top priorities.
You Get to Know Your Employees
While the interviewing process is vital, there's only so much you can actually learn about a potential new hire from it. They're often nervous and trying their hardest to impress you, instead of just being themselves. Let's face it, there are some people who'd say anything to get hired, whether it's true or not.
Pre-employment background checks, on the other hand, can tell you what things they might be embellishing, or leaving out. You can get a clearer picture of what kind of employee they've been, jobs where they may have not been a good fit, or personal issues they may be struggling with. While some of these things may not matter to your particular business, many of them will. This will help you weed out the people who aren't the best candidates.
You Hire The Right Fit For The Position
There are times in the hiring process when you'll end up facing the 'feast or famine' dilemma -- either you'll have no real good candidates, or you'll have way too many. Either way, you're going to have a difficult time choosing who to hire.
Doing pre-employment background checks can make this a little bit easier for you, however. You'll be able to see who has the best mix of training, schooling, and work history for the position, if you've got too many choices. If there's no one who quite fits that bill, you'll still be able to pick the candidate most likely to grow into the position, given the proper training and care.
You Protect Your Business
One of the most important assets your company has is trust. Your customers trust you to deliver on your promises, your vendors trust you to act with integrity, and your employees trust you to keep your word and create a safe and productive work environment. Conversely, you put a lot of trust in your employees, vendors, and customers as well.
Background checks help maintain that balance of trust, between you and everyone else involved. You'll be able to build a team that you can trust to work hard, be there when you need them, and get things done right. This will also help your team work better together, knowing they can trust each other to do what needs to be done, and have each other's backs.
You also have to look at the legal aspects of a background check. If you hire someone with a history of violence and aggression towards coworkers, you're potentially putting your team and your customers in a dangerous situation. The same goes for a history of theft, drug charges, or drinking. You wouldn't want to hire someone to drive for you who's had several DUI's, would you? That's a lawsuit waiting to happen.
The good news is, you don't have deal with all of this by yourself. At Harbor America, we understand how overwhelming all of this can be at times. That's why we offer a wide range of HR solutions for your business, including pre-employment background checks. We can help you find the best employees for your team, and keep your business running smoothly, while saving you serious time and money.