Summer break is nearly here, and there is a steady stream of applications from high school and college students seeking short-term employment. You’re looking to fill some part-time positions and take advantage of the young adults in need of extra cash while out of school. These hires will only be on the payroll for a short while, so you decide to forego your standard background screening process.
Is your business willing to get burned? One bad hire can cause damage that lasts well beyond the few months of summer. Let’s explore why it’s important to screen all employees, even those that will only last one season.
They May Have the Same Access as your Permanent Employees
Temporary employees are often able to access all things that permanent employees may be privy to, from company data and financials to customer information. Studies show a bad hire can cost companies more than just money. Background checks provide insight into a person’s history, which may contain areas of concern for you as an employer, making them a critical step in safeguarding your business.
Seasonal Hires Still Represent Your Business
Regardless of the length of employment, every staff member is a representative of your organization. A lackadaisical work effort or history of not following rules can negatively impact the client or customer experience. Verifying the employment histories can help uncover potential issues that may arise during their tenure at your business.
You May Decide to Keep Them on Staff
Your seasonal hire may be such a great worker that you offer them permanent employment. Now that they’re coming on full time, you begin the screening process. Imagine the report is returned with arrest records or other information that does not fit with your company’s policies. Or, think of the time saved if they had been screened at the original time of hiring.
It’s best to know just who you’re hiring, whether you intended for them to work seasonally or permanently. Are you ready to revise your screening process? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started with the screening program that’s right for your business needs and unique risk profile.