When summer comes around, many young adults seek employment to fill their summers and save money for college that will start up again in the fall. This leads to a huge amount of applications being processed by companies who hire extra workers during the summer season. Because most of these jobs are temporary and because they have so many applications to process, businesses tend to slacken their vetting processes, which isn’t necessarily a good idea. Although it can save them time during the hiring process, it can also stick their business with less than reputable young employees who could tarnish their reputation or even commit crimes against them. Is this rush to hire temporary workers really worth the risk? Screening agencies like backgroundchecks.com are saying no and are listing some very compelling reasons.
In a 2011 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 22 million people applied for summer work in the youth demographic alone. This year, because unemployment is still high, that number is likely to climb, which should give businesses their choice of the best possible employees. If they aren’t using thorough screening processes though, they may not be getting the kind of employee they thought they hired. Even volunteer positions increase during the summer, as people look for experience or a positive outlet to spend their free time. Just because these people aren’t being paid for their work, doesn’t mean the organization they are working through isn’t liable for their
They can save themselves a lot of hassle by making sure they know as much as possible about the people they are hiring or putting to work in both their volunteer and paid forces. Although a background check can’t prevent crime, it can give employers insight into patterns of
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Michael Klazema is the lead author and editor for Dallas-based backgroundchecks.com with a focus on human resource and employment screening developments