Hiring a new employee always involves some level of risk. After all, you don’t know this person, and even the best resume might be hiding some dark secrets. You want to be sure that you’re hiring the right person for the job, and that’s where employee screenings come in. Essentially an in-depth background check, here are a few reasons why you should use employee screenings for potential new hires:
It can prevent workplace bullying or violence
A pre-employment screening can reveal past incidents regarding a potential job candidate. This is especially useful if you want to create a safe and welcoming work environment. If a job candidate had past incidents of violence, a screening will notify you of those incidents ahead of time.
It can also prevent theft or fraud
Just as an employment screening can notify you of violent behavior, it can also notify you if an individual was accused of theft or fraud. Businesses can lose up to 5 percent of revenue due to fraud each year. However, an employment screening can help reduce that number by weeding out candidates with a troubled past.
Screenings protect you from negligent-hiring lawsuits
If you hire someone, and that person injures a coworker, then you could be held liable for their behavior. However, performing a pre-employment screening can weed out potentially violent or toxic candidates, preventing these incidents from ever happening in the first place.