Hiring Tips, Week 1 – Pre-employment Screening

Over the weekend, I was wondering why so many small to mid-sized companies that I’ve been in touch with have such a high staff turnover rate, which got me thinking whether these companies actually put their best foot forward and make every effort to hire correctly in the first place. Hiring effectively is one of the most important things a business can do when expanding, so it really confuses me to hear business owners tell me that they’re having such a hard time maintaining a steady workforce in the office.

Remember, not only does a high staff turnover mean you’ll have to allocate more resources to constantly re-hire, it also leads to a disrupted work environment which could eat away at productivity levels and, ultimately, your bottom line.

Anyway, the outcome of this weekend’s deliberation was to plan a mini-series of tips and help articles to aid small to mid-sized companies hire more efficiently. This week we’ll be taking a quick look at how pre-employment screening can play its part in finding the staff for your office.

The Truth about Hiring

It’s hard to believe but, according to a recent study by Circle Research and General Dynamics IT, only 28% of company’s use pre-employment screening tests to help decide whether a candidate is right for their business. Considering the long-term benefits of finding the right person for the job, and the risks/cost associated with not doing, this figure is astonishingly low!

The study also showed that the majority of companies surveyed rely purely on post-employment strategies to reduce the possibility of employee misconduct and under-performance, which ultimately could lead to a higher staff turnover and therefore an overuse of HR resources.

Get it Right from the Start

It makes much more sense if companies adopt a thorough attitude from the word ‘go’ when it comes to employment, and in order to do that they must make use of pre-employment screening tests before hiring anyone. Although this may take a little extra effort to begin with, the benefits far out-weight the short-term losses. Let’s look at some of the advantages to begin with…

1.     Better Candidates

Just by stating in your job advertisement that you’ll be performing a routine pre-employment screening test, you’ll attract a higher calibre of candidates for the job. Those people with skeletons in the closet – who may be a risk to your business – will most likely be deterred from the offset.

2.     Safer Workplace

A screening can also minimise the risk of unwanted employee misconduct – including theft, damage to company or customer goods and abuse to other employees. It goes without saying that this should be an unwanted risk, which could go on to result in deflated staff morale, or even harm your company brand.

3.     Reduce Staff Turnover

Ultimately, a by-product of the two above points brings us full circle around to maintaining a much lower employee turnover within the company, minimising disruptions in the workplace and leading to higher staff productivity levels.

Closing Comments

Remember, there is more to hiring effectively than pre-employment screening tests, so be sure to check back next week for the next article! Also, you may want to check out our guide on how to maintain enthusiasm in the workforce for tips on how to maintain a healthier and more motivated work-environment.

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