Any high-quality staffing agency would agree that just because someone is looking to be hired on a part-time and/or temporary basis doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be held to the same high standards as full-time and permanent employees. In fact, it may be especially imperative, since your clients are depending on you to provide them with honest, hardworking, and reliable staff. The integrity and ethics of your staff directly affect not only your clients’ bottom lines, but your own reputation.
Whether your candidate is going to be hired for a couple of weeks, a couple of months, or even a couple of years, you mustn’t underestimate the value of a good background check.
The Economy is Growing
If you’re not convinced that ordering background checks is of utmost importance, just look at the facts. A 2012 joint survey found that an alarming number of applications and resumes contain falsehoods, including made-up degrees and experiences. In fact, the majority of the college students who responded admitted that they would lie to get a job, and indeed, over half of the applications studied were found to have misleading information.
Now combine that with the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics discovered a notable 4.1% increase in employment at staffing agencies since October 2016, and that number is expected to continue growing. Automation is expected to create more jobs than it will destroy, including temporary ones. Even when dealing with catastrophes wreaked by hurricanes, staffing agencies saw modest to steady growth in their economies. Clearly, staffing agencies are demonstrating astounding resiliency and relevancy in these challenging times.
If the industry grows at the same pace as it has over the past year, every staffing agency will need to be meticulously prepared to meet more demands for temporary employees. By the same token, you’ll need to be willing to conduct more background checks. Say the next year brings another 4.1% rise in temporary employment; that probably also means a similar rise in applications that don’t tell the whole truth.
This certainly isn’t the time to be casual or dismissive about screening your candidates.
Bad Research, Bad Reputation
If you’re not diligent about showing that every applicant your clients trust you to hire on their behalf is actually worthy of their position, you may find the consequences difficult to handle. An unvetted worker whose history with employment, education, drugs, credit, and/or driving you haven’t verified could become a costly and even dangerous risk to your client. They may be temporary, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or expertise to do some significant damage.
Basically, either you prove that the employee you’re presenting to your client is qualified and capable, or they may be able to prove that you were negligent and/or guilty of breaching your contract—which could result in a lawsuit at an average tune of $1 million dollars.
On the other hand, if you consistently hire excellent employees for your clients, you’ll be able to create a promising and flourishing business relationship with each of them. They’ll keep coming back to you and recommend to you to others.
Choose Your Friends Wisely
Knowing what’s at stake as you consider whether and how to run background checks on your applicants, it’s imperative that you find a licensed and certified agency that understands. After all, a background agency is in the same boat in many ways. Just as your clients depend on you to make prudent hiring choices for them, you depend on your background check agency to reliably gather all the necessary information that you need to make those choices. Both of you stake your reputations on your abilities to separate fact from fiction and support your clients’ goals. As you choose the best agency with which to partner up to verify every possible detail on an applicant’s resume, be sure that you pick one that has a keen comprehension of your common ground and a matching commitment to truth and quality.
As the worldwide economy continues to take a turn for the better, staffing companies will have to run to keep up. Are you up to the task? Make sure you are—and then make sure your background check agency is, too.