Summer can be a busy time for many businesses. It is estimated that 33 percent of U.S. employers plan on hiring seasonal staff in 2016. This number includes more than half of retailers. If you are planning on hiring temporary, seasonal workers who will not remain with the company long, you may think you do not need to run a background check. You would be wrong. The experts at CheckPoint Screening know that there are a number of reasons why you should run background checks on every potential hire, whether seasonal or long term.
Protect Your Assets
According to statistics, over a million people, including shoplifters and dishonest employees, were caught stealing in 2014. Data also reveals that employees steal over six times more than shoplifters. When you are hiring an employee, especially in the retail industry, he or she will likely conduct financial transactions. This not only gives an employee the opportunity to steal from you, but from your customers as well. If a customer experiences fraud, your business could be held liable if your employee is behind it.
You should also run a background check to protect your other employees. If an employee has a criminal or violent background he could pose a potential threat to your other employees. Protect your business, your other employees and your customers by running a background check on all new hires, whether seasonal or long term, before hiring them.
Did you know that 57 percent of employers expect to transition some seasonal staff into full-time employees? When hiring temporary workers you may find that one or two do an excellent job and you want to keep them on long term. You will save yourself some time by conducting background checks on all seasonal hires if you decide to promote any after the summer is over. As mentioned before, you will also protect your business by ensuring that your seasonal hires are not high risk employees. While it may be tempting to skip the background check because you like the employee, an annual retail theft survey revealed that almost 20 percent of retail job applications revealed “high risk” applicants based on admissions of past wrong behavior.
With the threat of lost revenue, lost product, and even threats to current employees and customers, it is imperative that you run a background check on all potential summer hires. Because of the volume, expense and short duration of seasonal hires, many businesses choose to forego the necessity of background screening. However, the experts at CheckPoint Screening can make the process simple for you. Contact us today to learn more about our in-depth background screening services.