While the country continues to experience the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, some companies are having difficulty filling open positions. After finding higher wages and better benefits do little to attract top talent, close to 40% of employers are loosening their recruitment requirements. However, as many quickly realize – a job vacancy costs far less than a bad hire – which is why drug tests and background checks remain a vital investment for employers.
At the very least, companies should screen candidates for verification of their education and experience, as 85% of employment applicants admit to lying on their resumes. And while confirming job competence is important, it’s far from the only protection a pre-hire assessment provides.
While a minor charge or decades-old conviction shouldn’t automatically disqualify a candidate, most employers are wary of violent offenders and those prone to theft. Running a criminal history is always prudent and shows that the company is logical and fair in its employment screening and hiring practices.
With few exceptions, companies are responsible for the safety of their staff, customers, and the public. If an employee causes harm to another on the job, and the employer knew or should have known that hiring the employee created a risk of particular harm (e.g., by conducting a pre-employment background check,) the employer may be found liable for negligent hiring. In 2008, the family of a truck driver was awarded $7 million in damages in a negligent hiring lawsuit. The jury found that the timber company employing the at-fault driver failed to conduct a DMV records search, which would have revealed that his license was twice-revoked for unsafe driving.
It’s important to remember that even companies managing to escape the major repercussions of lenient recruitment practices, still pay a huge price for each bad hire:
Companies looking for ways to hire smarter and faster, without compromising safety and security, should look to a provider delivering a robust screening platform that reduces time to hire and improves the overall candidate experience. Even in a tight hiring environment, companies can win the race for qualified workers by being better at the talent acquisition and screening process.
All it takes is one bad hire to ruin a good company and that has nothing to do with a shortage of talent.