Wednesday May 03, 2023

The Hidden Dangers of Skipping Background Checks When Hiring for Your Small Business

Picture this: you're a small business owner looking to hire a new employee. You have a good feeling about a candidate, their resume looks impressive, and they seem like they would fit in with your team.

But before making any final decisions, have you considered conducting a background check?

Background checks are an essential step in the hiring process for many reasons.

First and foremost, they help ensure the safety and security of your workplace. You can also check for any criminal records or other red flags that may indicate a potential risk to your business.

Background checks can also help you make better hiring decisions overall. By verifying a candidate's qualifications and employment history, you can ensure they have the skills and experience they claim to have.

Now, I know what you might be thinking. "Background checks sound like a lot of work and expense." And sure, they can be. But the cost of not conducting a background check can be even higher. Imagine hiring someone who turns out to have a history of violent workplace misconduct.

So, what should you look for when conducting a background check? In the While We Were Working segment, Sommer and I go through the reasons for background checks and things you should be looking for.

In the Consultant's Corner, we deal with a smelly situation.

We all have experienced a scenario where somebody has a terrible body odor. In the workplace, this can be disruptive and offensive to other people due to the close proximity of workstations.

If you find yourself in a situation where a team member has a bad body odor, It's important to approach the situation with sensitivity and tact. It might be a medical condition or another issue the person is dealing with.

Tune in to learn the best approach to handle this nose-pinching situation without aggravating it.

Key Takeaways

- Importance of background checks (01:04)

- Reasons to run background checks (05:06)

- Insuring against a detrimental hire (09:14)

- Legal consequences of negligent hiring (10:07)

- Giving people a second chance (13:52)

- Terrible body odor in the office (16:53)

- How to approach the smelly situation (18:28)

- Body odor conversation tips (20:32)

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Hosts: Joey Price & Sommer Ketron


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