Background checks are common among most employers, but they’re not just for the workplace. Read on to learn whether you should be checking employees’ social media profiles, criminal records, and employment history before hiring them.
Background checks on potential employees are a growing industry. With cyber-attacks on the rise, we have to have a system in place that protects us from the possibility and the reality of our data being stolen. A background check, along with other monitoring systems, can help ensure that you know, on a case-by-case basis, the type of person you’re hiring and, ultimately, the people that work or have worked for you.
Background checks are a hot topic these days. Many states are requiring businesses to check the backgrounds of anyone who applies for a job, but that doesn’t mean all businesses should be doing it. Background checks are costly, time-consuming, and often don’t cover the right information. So, should businesses be doing them?
Here are five reasons to support background checks.
Currently, there is no federal law requiring background checks on all new employees, and while some states do have this requirement, many do not. This is causing several issues, especially in the current economy. For example:
- Employees who have bad credit or a criminal record may be more likely to fail drug tests.
- At the supermarket, the background-check-required employee will likely not be able to compete with the employee who is not required to have a background check.
- Black Friday shoppers typically purchase the items they want, regardless of the price, which is the case with employees who have bad credit or a criminal record.
- Employers may have to pay out-of-pocket for a background check.
Background checking candidates for employment is important for any business that is responsible for its employees’ safety, especially in today’s political climate. It is important to know that background checking is done for the safety and security of the business to ensure that its employees are trustworthy and honest.
Why do employers do background checks?
Background checks are a common requirement for hiring new employees. They are a way for companies to make sure they are hiring winners and not losers, especially for positions like computer programmers, which require a lot of experience. Background checks are a way to make sure that you’re not hiring someone who has committed a crime or who is likely to steal, but they can also raise privacy concerns.
Workplace Safety. Background checks are very common, but they do not belong in the workplace. Employees simply must be allowed to do their jobs without worrying about whether or not their co-workers are criminals. Background checks should not be used to prevent workers from getting jobs or keep employees from getting the jobs they deserve.
Workplace theft is not limited to employees stealing from the employer but also to employees stealing from each other.
Honesty and Integrity. You’re a lucky company if you can hire a good employee. If that employee turns out to be a bad apple, it can be a nightmare. If you can’t prove that the employee is intentionally trying to ruin your company, you won’t know that for sure. That’s why check to see if the employee is a convicted felon. It’s important to keep an eye out for people who have lied, cheated, stolen, or done anything illegal.
One of the biggest decisions you will make no matter your role as an employer is deciding whether or not to background check potential employees. Background checks can be a tedious and time-consuming process that often leads to a lot of red tape and headaches. However, if it is a process you feel will benefit you, then you should do it.
Background checks are useful for businesses seeking to hire the best and brightest employees. And with the rise in hiring of college graduates and other recent college graduates for entry-level positions, some employers require these new employees to pass a background check before even getting a job offer. Many people strongly believe that it is a violation of civil liberties and that it is unnecessary for most jobs. It is also a debate that does not lend itself to a simple answer. In the interest of full disclosure, we should mention that we have no opinion on this issue. We are interested in the reader’s opinion.