It’s important before we delve too deep to define what we mean by ‘staff testing’. While it could refer to many different HR practices, staff testing in this article relates to employment checks. These are important as they will ensure your business is making the right hiring decisions for your future success.
As an employer, one of the most important aspects of hiring is this form of staff testing, which consists of two main parts: pre-employment background checks and drug screening.
So why is staff testing so important for pre-employment checks?
1) Resume Fraud
Resume fraud is on the rise, and can damage your company’s future if not protected against. Resume fraud usually involves applicants lying on their resume in areas such as dates of employment, past accomplishments and skills, and enhancing job titles and responsibilities. Staff testing can prepare and protect you.
2) Drug & Alcohol Use
Workplace drug and alcohol use costs U.S. businesses an estimated $100 billion each year, and 12.9 million drug abusers in the states are employed either full or part time. Protect your company from users by including drug and alcohol testing in your staff testing procedures.
3) High Unemployment
As unemployment remains high, it’s important to thoroughly test and screen all potential employees to ensure that you hire only the best.
4) Criminal Records
There is no doubt that any boss would want to know if any of their employees have a criminal record that could affect the company. For example, if a job applicant has a conviction for theft and the job role involves handling cash, you’re unlikely to want to hire them.
While staff testing may involve upfront costs, these will be minor compared to what you risk shelling out should things go awry. If an applicant has a history of violence and you didn’t run a check to find out about this, but then they become aggressive towards coworkers, you could be liable for a significant amount of money.
How to get started
A background screening service will provide you with reliable results, ensuring that you know any information regarding applicants or employees that could put you at risk. For more information on staff testing, your next steps and how MYB might be able to help, get in touch today!