CARLSBAD, Calif., March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Online business information leader Business.com has released an information-packed infographic outlining the many benefits of performing employee background checks. The findings, drawn from a range of educational, government, and commercial sources, make a clear case that employers can build high-performing teams by doing their background research on potential hires.
Although hiring is beginning to pick up after a long period of high unemployment, around 13 million Americans are still competing for jobs. Some job candidates are willing to "stretch the truth" on resumes, or cover up problems in their backgrounds, to improve their chances of landing a good job. Furthermore, companies hiring today must often do so under increased financial constraints, as businesses strive to keep operations lean, meaning candidates may not be thoroughly vetted before hiring.
Thoroughly researching job candidates before hiring can make the difference between hiring a good employee and hiring an excellent one. The Business.com study shows that learning the backgrounds of new hires is one of the best ways to assemble high performing teams while avoiding poor hiring decisions.
Performing background checks on job candidates not only helps companies avoid potential legal problems, but can help employers choose between two otherwise equal candidates in order to build high-performing teams in the workplace. Furthermore, the Business.com study showed that careful hiring benefits companies by:
- Reducing employee turnover
- Increasing productivity
- Reducing risk of negligent hiring lawsuits
"Many companies only think in terms of avoiding turnover and high training costs when they check into employee backgrounds. But careful employee background screening can go much further in helping businesses put together high-performing teams," says Michelle Workman, Category Manager. "By checking the backgrounds of job candidates, employers know what they're getting in terms of integrity, as well as qualifications."
Business.com stresses that background checks are not one hundred percent effective in weeding out problem employees, but they are a necessity in today's world. "By telling interviewees up front they will be subject to a background check, and following through, companies discourage dishonest applicants and greatly increase their prospects for building their workplace 'dream team,'" says Michelle Workman, Category Manager. "Background checks on job candidates are a very wise use of resources."
The infographic can be viewed here:
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