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Employment Verification Challenges

The average cost to hire an employee is $4,000 and can take upwards of a month to close the deal. This includes the time and energy put into developing or updating the job description, performing compensation analysis, sourcing candidates, and holding interviews to ensure the candidate is a good cultural fit taking into consideration the candidate’s skill set and experience. New hires can’t join your team without marketing the open position and relying heavily on your internal or external recruiting team.

So why do companies short-change the employment verification process? Employers and recruiters alike know they are unable to rely completely on the candidate’s resume or professional social networking profile. Employee verification is an important aspect of the recruiting and hiring process that is regularly overlooked or not fully executed.

For example, the three most common resume embellishments include:

  • Minimizing employment gaps by “adjusting” dates or fabricating a temporary or interim position.
  • Inflated academic records by tacking on honors achievements or awards that were not earned.

 

In these examples, employment verification through a background check can be immensely helpful in highlighting details of the candidate’s resume, including dates of employment, salary, duties, the reason for leaving, etc.

When verifying information on a candidate’s resume, employers are urged to ask for and check provided professional references. This provides the employer with an opportunity to learn about a job candidate through the lens of another professional. Here are some common questions to ask for employment verification purposes:

  • How do you know the candidate?
  • If you had the opportunity to rehire the candidate, would you and why?
  • What are the candidate’s biggest strengths and weaknesses?

 

Employers may run into an issue if the professional reference is either unable or unwilling to share this information. Either way, it is important to ask questions that relate to the candidate’s future at your company and how they would fare in the job to which they are applying.

Safeguarding your business by devoting time, energy, and dollars (when necessary) toward a good employment verification and background check process will not only improve efficiency in your existing screening process but will help to obtain quality information used for verification and reduce the time to hire for candidates.

The hiring process can stressful for the candidate and the hiring or recruiting team. Proper communication can help keep everyone in the loop and put a focus on the candidates’ hiring experience. VensureHR has helped businesses across the country continue to grow while protecting the company’s reputation. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

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Construction Industry: Lifting Precautions

Life as a manual laborer, including work in the construction industry, is not free of danger or injury. Almost any factory or construction industry job requires some sort of lifting. This can cause strain or injury to the worker’s arms, shoulders, back, neck, and hands. Repetitive lifting and stooping movements can cause soreness and serious injury over time, which can directly impact both work and daily life.

When working in a manual labor or construction environment in a role that requires repetitive lifting and stooping, these precautions are recommended to help avoid injury.

Lifting

  • Focus on keeping lifts between hand and shoulder level, avoiding any lifts from the floor or higher than shoulder level.
  • Adjust loads to ensure they can be pulled in and lifted close to the body.
  • Use the assistance of dollies or utility carts, when available, to move objects that would require lifting and carrying more than a few feet.
  • Avoid lifting bags or boxes that weigh 50 pounds or more by breaking the load into smaller, more manageable loads.
  • Use mechanical aids, whenever possible, to help cart, lift, and stack.

Stooping

  • Avoid stooped working at all costs, redesigning these tasks when possible.
  • Take frequent short breaks by walking or stretching.
  • Use a stool to position the body closer to the ground.

Overall, never shy away from asking a coworker for assistance with lifting or low tasks that require stooping. If a worker is at risk of lifting strain or has previously experienced an injury, it is important they wear a proper back brace that will not interfere with their work or cause additional injury due to loose straps or pieces that could catch on machinery.

Increase awareness of potential lifting or stooping hazards by making a conscious effort to prepare for these types of regular activities or job-related tasks. Ensure workers are familiar with equipment instructions, per the operator’s manual and product labels. Discuss lifting safety hazards and precautions with workers and inform them of how to handle a medical emergency, should the situation arise.

Inexperienced, improperly trained, or unfit workers are more likely to cause themselves injury or strain when it comes to lifting or stooping while on the job. VensureHR is committed to helping business owners keep employees safe. Contact us to learn more about safety and risk management, including accident prevention, OSHA compliance and training, compliance resources, and claims management.