Whether you've just launched your business or been in business for a while, at some point you will need to bring new hires into your team. As a small business owner, your schedule is tight and your free time is often limited. However, if you want to grow your team, you'll need to research potential candidates, do background screening and conduct interviews. You may think it's okay to skip a … [Read more...]
5 Proven Ways To Reduce Employee Theft
Did you know employee theft is one of the biggest concerns for retailers in the U.S., but also worldwide? According to the Global Retail Theft Barometer for 2014, 28 percent of the total inventory shrinkage in the retail industry was due to theft by dishonest employees. Together with shoplifting, employee theft accounted for more than 65 percent of the shrinkage in 2014. This translated into … [Read more...]
Human Trafficking Bill May Include Background Checks
A newly proposed human trafficking bill would likely include provisions to strengthen background check requirements for teachers and other school employees. California Senator George Miller first introduced the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act (H.R.2083) back in May 2013, which would require criminal background checks for school employees. This is currently somewhat of … [Read more...]
Top 5 Applicant Screening Myths and Misconceptions Debunked!
Myth #1) Social Media Can Be Used To Screen Applicants Many employers assume it's okay to snoop through a job applicant's social media accounts to determine whether or not they are the right choice for the position. Sites like Facebook contain a treasure trove of personal information, such as the individual's photos, relationship status, previous employment, “friends,” and interests. However, … [Read more...]
Uber To Strengthen Background Checks With Biometrics
The San Francisco-based transportation and taxi company Uber is planning to implement to biometrics and voice verification in its background screening process to promote a safer service. News of this policy change comes in the wake of several incidents, including sexual assault cases in India and Boston. Founded by entrepreneurs Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp under the name "UberCab" in 2009, … [Read more...]
Rejecting a Candidate with a Criminal Background Could be Foolish
Everyone makes mistakes. Sure, some are more serious than others are—failing to return a DVD to Netflix is hardly as serious as driving under the influence, after all. But routinely eliminating all job applicants with prior arrests or convictions from your candidate pool is doing your company a disservice for several reasons. First, you may be missing out on qualified workers; according to the … [Read more...]
Pre-Employment Screening: Are You Making These Mistakes?
Employment screening is common in today’s job market. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, 87 percent of employers use background check services to obtain information on job candidates’ criminal histories—and in some cases, credit histories—in an effort to identify applicants who might pose a physical or financial risk to their company or its employees. Unfortunately, even small … [Read more...]
How to Handle Applicant Background Checks
To avoid poor hiring decisions, many companies are now using employment screening services and running background checks on job applicants. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, all companies should consider taking advantage of these services because not using them can cost businesses a lot of money in the long run. When a company makes a poor hiring decision, there is a great … [Read more...]