How Pre-employment Screening can Pay for Itself

Are you aware of the costs associated with hiring a new employee? From the paperwork to the training (and much more), the entire process can be extremely expensive.

While this expense is a part of doing business, you don’t want to overlook one very important fact: you are wasting a lot of money every time you hire an employee and he/she does not stay onboard for an extended period of time.

One of the best ways to combat this issue is through a comprehensive pre-employment screening process. Along with the reduction of employee turnover costs, this can help ensure that you hire the right employee for the right position.

Problem Employees Lead to Lost Money

When you avoid hiring a problem employee it can save the company a large amount of money related to supplies, resources, and training time.

Imagine this: you hire an employee and after a couple of weeks on the job he or she quits or is terminated. All of the time and money that you put into the hiring and training process is now down the drain.
In more serious situations, an employer could be hit with a negligent hiring lawsuit should a “dangerous” employee be hired by the company.What about a Negligent Hiring Lawsuit?Is this type of lawsuit common? Of course not. However, the proper pre-employment screening process can take all the risk out of the equation.

A comprehensive background check can include the following (plus much more): drug screening, county criminal check, state criminal check, national criminal search, social security number trace, address verification, and prior employment verification.

There is no denying the fact that a thorough pre-employment check can cost in excess of $100. That being said, this will pay for itself by allowing you to hire the right employee while avoiding those who are not suited to stick around for the long term.

Questions to Ask Before Getting Started

No matter the industry or size of your business, pre-employment screening is extremely important. If you don’t have any experience with this part of the hiring process, ask yourself the following questions:

1. Which pre-employment service provider can give me the “total package” at an affordable price?

2. How much is too much? Some employers opt for nothing more than a county and state criminal database check, while others are willing to pay additional for a more comprehensive service.

3. What type of information must I collect from applicants in order to get started?

Pre-employment screening may be a large upfront cost – especially for companies that do a lot of hiring – but overall it will pay for itself.

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