A lot of small business owners feel that background checks are unnecessary. They feel this are too costly and expensive. But that is not the case. This could save you a lot of money in the future and prevent you from legal problems. Small businesses are run like a small tightly knit family where each employee knows almost everyone and everything that is going on in the organization. A person of dubious background will cause more damage to a small business than a large organization.
Here are six ways by which background checks can help to reduce risks for small business owners.
1. Background checks prevent the risk of false credentials:
A small business cannot afford to hire an incompetent candidate. The candidate can cripple the operations of the business. Incompetent people can hide in large organizations where their incompetence may not be quickly discovered. But in a small organization, every employee plays a significant role in the machinery that keeps the organization running. A small hitch and everything will cripple. You have to conduct a check to ensure that your employee will treat your customers and fellow employees with respect, do their job and protect your business.
2. Background checks prevent the risk of fraud and theft:
Employees in small businesses usually know a lot more about the finances of the organization than employees in large businesses. If you hire a fraudulent person as an employee, the person can divert your funds, steal money and ruin your business. Large businesses can still recover from heavy losses, but a small business may never recover from such losses. There is also the increased risk of cybertheft by a fraudulent employee with the right tech skills.
3. Background checks protect a small business from legal suits:
If you are a small business owner who hires a person with bad records and something bad happens, you can be sued for failing to conduct a check on the person. For example, if you own a daycare center in a community and you hire a person with a history of child molestation, you will be sued for it, and it will damage your reputation and the reputation of your business.
4. Background checks create a safe environment for other employees and customers:
It is the responsibility of a small business owner to create a safe environment for his/her employees and customers. If you hire someone with a history of violence, you are creating an unsafe environment for your employees and customers. You can use background checks and public records to check if potential employees do not have a history of crime and drug use.
5. Background checks will prevent you from spending time and resources on hiring new people:
If you are a small business owner and you fire a bad employee after failing to conduct this check, you will need to hire another employee. But to hire an employee, you will spend money on adverts and spend valuable time interviewing the person. You will also spend time drafting new contracts, training the person etc. A large organization will have an HR department that handles hiring, and they can afford to hire people as they wish. But a small business can’t afford that.
6. Background checks will prevent you hiring bad employees that will misuse sensitive information:
An employee in a large organization can’t know about all the workings of the organization. But in a small business, all employees are privy to the inner workings of the business. They can access customer information, records and other sensitive information. If this information gets into the wrong hands, they can be fatal for a business.
As a small business owner, it is your duty to protect yourself, your business, your employees and your business. This are not as expensive as you think thanks to the numerous websites that are available on the internet now. Do this before hiring any employee and save yourself from a lot of potential hazards.