When a customer hires a contractor, whether it be a carpet layer, appliance tech, or housekeeper, they have a reasonable expectation of not being a victim of crime. They should always ask the company if they run background checks on all of their employees and if they are insured in case of theft, vandalism or other problems. This should be a wake-up call to any employer that has people working inside or around the homes of their clients.
Insurance Companies Like To Know Who The Are Covering
When an employee turns criminal and steals from a client, it’s usually the insurance company that has to pay the damages. For that reason, it’s always best to do background checks on all of your employees before you hire them so that you not only protect your clients but also keep your good insurance rating.
Once you’re known to hire people in bad reputation, not only will your insurance rates go up, but you may have trouble even getting coverage at all. In addition to that, if the customer goes on the Internet and leaves some bad reviews about thievery, robbery, assault, or other problems, the reputation of your business is bound to suffer badly. People are using online review sites more every day.
You Can Do Preliminary Background Checks Online
There is quite some background check companies available online where an employer can run a quick check to verify information and get criminal histories. While these services are great for a quick check, and fairly inexpensive on a monthly basis, they aren’t entirely reliable in the long run.
You’re always better hiring a professional service to do a thorough job of checking. Since you have a lot at stake, your reputation, your clients well being, and your insurance rating, it’s up to you to chose a strong background checking company. One with a guarantee that if something does happen because they missed a criminal history report, they’re liable.
This can be expensive, but then so is your reputation as an honest businessperson. In addition to that, being sued by a client that has been attacked or damaged in some way, can lead to huge settlements that could break your business in half. So using the tools that are available online and then going the next step for those that pass the preliminary check is the wise business move.
It also must be said that any discrepancies that are found in the first background investigation can help weed out employees that have lied on their resumes and applications. This can help save a lot of time for the hiring manager since people that lie in one instance will tend to lie in others as well. Plus, anything that can quickly reduce the long list of applicants while helping your company’s reputation is a good move all the way around.