[aa_subtitle_display]More and more employers are beginning to do background checks on new hires for their company, and there an abundance of reasons why.

After all, these screenings can tell a lot about a person’s past and personal history. These background checks can have many benefits on your company as a whole.

Take a look at the pros of doing them as you consider whether they may be right for your company.


They could protect your company

Completing background checks on new hires before they are officially employed by your business could protect your business against unwanted harm.

For instance, background checks verify that someone is legally able to work in the United States. Failing to have that verified assurance could result in your company facing massive fines, should any of your employees be unauthorized to work in the country, unbeknownst to you.

Additionally, background checks go through someone’s criminal record and can alert you of any red flags to probe further into before bringing someone on board.

They could reduce employee turnover

Background checks delve into things like someone’s credit history, criminal background, sex offender status, and even drug testing that can tell you a great deal about the integrity and personality of the person you are looking to hire.

Understanding the scope of someone’s background prior to onboarding them could prevent your company from hiring someone who will not be a great fit for your organization, or may bring unwanted traits to the table that could result in a high employee turnover rate.

That would mean that costs of recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and training that employee would be wasted for your company and you would end up back at square one, which is an unnecessary, and not to mention unwanted, expense.


It increases safety

The safety of your organization and the employees that work for you is important. Conducting background screenings on job candidates could increase the level of safety provided to others at your organization, to say the least.

Understanding if someone has a criminal record, is a registered sex offender, or has any other red flags in their background prior to their first day could reduce the risk of having an employee that has a tendency towards violence, would be likely to commit fraud, or could be harmful to your business and its members in other ways.

It could reduce negative press for your company

Hiring people with a poor background could lead to harmful effects on your business, as mentioned above.

Having individuals at your business that commit illegal or harmful acts could bring about negative publicity to your business, which would result in a damaged reputation and public image.

How a PEO Can Help

A PEO can be helpful in determining if background screenings are right for your business. If they are, PEOs can help implement the process of conducting them for anyone who receives a job offer from your company. Call us to find the PEO that best matches your business needs today.

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