Implementing a formal pre-employment screening process that includes conducting a thorough background check is something every small business and organization should have in place. It’s an important step in helping to maintain a safe work environment and safeguard against poor hiring decisions that can cost time and money. However, it’s not uncommon for smaller businesses to hire employees without conducting a comprehensive background check or having a screening program in place. Some may believe background checks are either too cost-prohibitive or not necessary. However, it’s when an incident occurs or problem surfaces that puts their business at risk do they realize their mistake.
Here’s an example of a small business that decided to not run a thorough background check on an employee, which in turn exposed the company to risk. USA Inflatables, a business known for providing bouncy houses, slides, and other fun inflatables for parties, was notified that they were employing a sex offender that had neglected to register in his county of residence. The news came as a shock to the owner, who had no idea that his employee had this past. Now he is actively spreading the word about the importance of a complete background check for all employees.
Luckily for this company, the employee’s history was discovered before any incident occurred. Not every business may be as fortunate. If you do not have a formal pre-employment screening process in place, it would be well worth the time to create a background check program for your small business. If you don’t conduct thorough background checks on all employees, you should be. Protecting your business is too important to chance on a bad hire.
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Sex offender case highlights need for background checks