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Employment background check: An employer's guide

What is it? Firstly, what is an employment background check? An employment background check is the process of looking up and compiling criminal records, professional records and (in some circumstances) financial records of an individual either prior to, or during, their employment with a company. Why is it important? From resume fraud to reference checks, drug abuse to employee theft, you might be surprised at the amount of illegitimate activity that goes on in the workplace. For example, did you know that workplace drug and alcohol use costs U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion each year? Or that the average costs of a bad hire may equal 30% of the first year’s potential earnings? Perhaps it might be news to you that 1 in 3 of all business failures are caused by employee theft, and that 10% of all background checks have at least one serious flag? A gut feeling doesn’t cut it these days – you need to be sure that any employee is safe, honest, has integrity and will be an addition to your team. An employment background check will help you ensure that every employee at your business is the right fit. What about the excuses? Lack of time: Yes, it can be time consuming. So get some help! Hire a trustworthy employment screening company to do all the hard work for you. Lack of need: If you still think you don’t need checks after reading this post so far, check out some more shocking statistics on why background checks are important here. Lack of understanding: Hopefully the first paragraph of this post answered this for you. If you’re still unsure exactly what the checks are all about, read more here. Lack of finances: Yes, you may have to pay now. But trust us, it will mean you save later. When you take into consideration the future potential financial losses – workers compensation, law suits and loss of earnings – what you spend now will be more than worth it. How about getting started? If you feel ready to move forward with employment background checks, or if you still have a few questions or reservations, get in touch with us today. We’ll discuss how an employment background check program can benefit your business, and help you take that first step!]]>

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