Do Small Businesses Really Need to Do Background Checks?

A small business is a growing business, and often this results in employees being expected to do their share and wear many hats for the company. That’s what makes a good hire in these situations so valuable. Just one bad employee can have a detrimental effect in many areas of the company.

Small businesses often hire family and friends thinking they are reliable and trustworthy. While they are in most cases, all it takes is one bad apple to leave a bad taste in your customer’s mouth. Let’s say you hire a family friend for the summer. What could go wrong, right? What if you found out three months down the road that they had a DUI just weeks before you hired them? Would you still want them to drive company vehicles?

CareerBuilder research found that nearly 3 in 4 small business employers have hired the wrong person for a position. Add to that the amount of money you’ve spent on training and the amount of money you’ve lost from customers, and that single bad hire has more of an effect on your business than you ever expected. Of those companies with bad hires, 17 percent say one bad hire cost between $1,000 and $2,500, 20 percent say it cost between $2,500 and $5,000, and 11 percent say it cost between $5,000 and $10,000.

Make an investment in your company

Consider running a background check on new hires. Discovering a candidate embellished their education or work experience before adding them to the team can save a business valuable time and money. As much as you might think you know about an applicant, it’s still important. Running a criminal background check along with employment verifications will tell you what you need to know when hiring. When the well-being of the team and the company are at stake, it is always a good idea to make the investment in running background checks.

It is also a good idea to work with legal counsel to create consistent hiring practices. By specifying the type of background check to run for certain types of positions, this will help a small business create a hiring procedure when adding new employees. Background screening can improve your regulatory compliance and workplace safety, and it can reduce the chances of you facing a negligent hiring claim.

Many small businesses think that background checks are too expensive or complicated, however, with SELECTiON.COM®, this is not the case. We will develop an effective, efficient, and compliant screening solution based on your needs.

Outsource background screening

Do-it-yourself background checks can be inaccurate and limited. It is in a business’s best interest to outsource background checks. Background screening is a regulated industry and if these applicant protections aren’t met, a small business also runs the risk of litigation from its own employees.

Background check companies have the resources to complete a thorough background check more efficiently and effectively, since they have their own researchers and verification specialists to gather the information you need. A good background screening company will be up to date on the latest local, state and federally mandated regulations for background checks.

There are many reasons why SELECTiON.COM® is the right choice for businesses, big or small. We offer customizable background check packages, the largest national criminal database, integrations with HR management software, and excellent customer support.

Customized Offerings:

In addition to access to the most comprehensive, up-to-date criminal database in the country and a nationwide network of criminal researchers, we have also customizable pre-employment background checks to help you make the right decision about a job candidate.

Criminal Database:

Our Search America® Background Check is the standard in national criminal database searches. With over 1 billion records, from over 1,500 different sources, Search America® is an unparalleled tool to combine with prime source searches to ensure you have the most complete picture available of your applicant.

Integration:

SELECTiON.COM® is integrated with HR management software, including the top applicant tracking systems. We offer our proprietary applicant entry process at no additional cost.

Customer Support:

Our 5 Star customer support staff have an average tenure of 7.5 years within the company. They are all located in-house and are available to you 8am-8pm, Monday-Friday.

Contact us today to see how SELECTiON.COM® can take your employment background check process to the next level.

NOTE: The contents of this article are not legal advice for your particular situation. You should neither act nor rely upon anything stated in this article without first consulting your own legal counsel.