Why would any employer hire someone these days without doing a complete background check? I’ll tell you why – they are either too cheap to pay for it or they don’t want to take 10 minutes out of their day to do it!. Yet, these are the same employers that act surprised when they find out the employee, youth worker, pastor, doctor, etc…stole from them, molested one of their kids, sexually harassed an associate or killed someone. With 89% of people lying on their resumes, it makes good business sense to do a criminal background check, employment verification and an education verification.
We have seen high profile coaches and CEO’s caught years later for lying about their education. Every other week, we see the news breaking a story where a service business such as carpet cleaners, alarm installers, or plumbers went into a victims home and stole from them or sexually harassed them. Just recently a Pastor in Jacksonville Florida was caught for sending explicit sexual text messages to girls under the age of 16 and he had behavior issues from a prior church in Texas. We also find out that a YMCA counselor was charged with touching young girls under the age of 9. I ask again, “Do You Know Who Your Hiring?”
For less than thirty dollars per employee, an employer can protect their time and investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind in these tough economic times. Business is hard enough without having to worry about rogue or bad employees and business partners. I challenge employers to spend a little bit of time and money to not only protect themselves but society as well.
Ben Franklin stated “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest”