For many, life was a lot simpler decades ago. Granted, the advancements in technology and medicine didn’t seem to come as quickly as they do now. And we probably all wonder how we ever lived without cell phones. But the slower pace is something people these days probably wouldn’t mind experiencing every now and then.
The way we employed people was different back then, as well. When we wanted to hire someone, we often reached out to a friend or a person recommended by a current employee. People were less mobile, staying in or close to their hometowns. Now, of course, folks move around the country all the time, and tons of workers from places all over the world want to work in the U.S. This makes your employment processes more challenging. You don’t know these people. You did not grow up with them. They don’t teach your children. You have never met them at a party or religious service. Therefore, like all job applicants they much be vetted properly.
Background checks are particularly important when you don’t know anything about the applicant. This could even be someone who lives on your street. And as for those from other nations, there aren’t any restrictions regarding how you investigate their backgrounds. Of course, checking a person’s criminal record in India, for example, is more time consuming and costly. But it can be done. And so can verifications of employment and education.
The bottom line is that you deserve to build a successful business, and a huge part of that involves hiring the best workers. Legally compliant background checks are one element of the challenging employment process. No one you hire should go without a background check of some type.
Contributed by Steven J. Austin of LABORCHEX.
Through the Michigan Chamber partnership with LABORCHEX, members get discounted pricing to employment background screening services. To learn more, please email Kym Lewis or call him at 1-800-880-0366.