Pros and Cons to Conducting Background Checks

Pros and Cons to Background Checks

Background checks are a necessary component to running a successful company. Happy, productive employees can make a world of difference in the overall function of any business. Get the wrong people in the mix, and things could take a turn for the worse.

We understand there are concerns with running background screenings but do they outweigh the benefits? Probably not. There are multiple reasons why employers should run a background check on their applicants, and believe it or not, there are a few reasons why they may be hesitant. But we can assure you, it’s a part of the hiring process you do not want to skimp on.

Cons:

Time is Money

Extra time before completing a hire can be a negative factor, especially in this job market. Background checks are not instant (see our recent blog post); they take a little bit of time, some more than others. It is important to keep in mind the purpose: they are intended to keep your company and employees safe. Consult with your CRA to determine the most efficient way to conduct the checks that best suit your businesses needs.

Maintaining Compliance Standards

Do your research. Using a CRA to perform your checks can help you make sure you are upholding FCRA standards. If you are not careful you could be exposing your business to legal action such as fines or worse due to failing to meet compliance standards.

Pros:

One and Done

After performing a thorough background check you’ll not only know their criminal record is clean but you will also have an understanding of their work habits. Employers can know the first time around that the applicant they have chosen was the right fit and will perform to the potential that they claimed in their interview.

Less Sorting

Don’t be afraid to make known the fact that your company performs background checks. Applicants who know they would not be considered after a background check is done probably won’t even bother filling out an application-which leaves you with fewer applications to sort through, saving you time and money.

Keeping the Peace

As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of not only your company but your employees. You do not want to bring in someone that has a history of violence and poor social or professional behavior. By running background checks on applicants you are keeping up with moral and ethical business standards that consider the best interest of your employees.

Maintaining Reputation

Getting background information can go beyond a reflection of their professional behavior but what about their behavior outside of the office? You need to make sure you are hiring honest and well-rounded individuals who aren’t going to bash your company or reveal private information to the public. Reference checks or employment verifications are a good way to gather information about an applicant’s character.

Satisfied Customers

Again, let it be known that you pride yourself on thoroughly screening each of your employees before working for you company. Customers will have peace of mind knowing that their information or needs are being met by qualified and trustworthy individuals.

Conclusion

Again, the benefits undoubtedly outweigh the concerns of performing background checks on new hires. As a business leader, would you want to risk the safety, reputation, or financial state of your company just because you didn’t run a background check?

Let us know how we can help your company get started with background checks here!