You know the problems you face in hiring healthcare workers: finding qualified people, screening them for employment, training them and then repeating the process when they leave, because turnover in the healthcare industry is rampant. While every one of those steps require time and specialized knowledge, steps missing from the list may be the most important of all.
As a hiring manager, Human Resources executive or recruiter in the healthcare industry, you know that background screening is important. But you may not know that screening begins before you advertise for the first employee.
- Background screening starts with your own in-house process. To avoid the appearance of discrimination and ensure that every new hire is screened, set up a universal step-by-step procedure.
- Keep alert for situations that let healthcare workers slip through your process. For example, never assume that contractors check their employees with the same high standards that you’ve set for your direct hires.
- Write down the qualities and skills you are looking for in every new healthcare employ, including fit with your company culture. When requirements are clearly set forth, you are more likely to find people who meet them.
- Make sure that the person who will be screening employees is trained in regulatory compliance and knows how to interpret data from reports and employment registers.
If you are checking the background of potential employees without any of these safeguards in place, please contact ARS immediately. We can put you on the right, safe and compliant track.