If your people are your company’s greatest asset, be sure to hire real gems

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If your people are your company’s greatest asset, be sure to hire real gems

If your people are your company’s greatest asset, be sure to hire real gems

Almost any company, large or small, public or private, for profit or not, will tell you that its greatest assets are its people. But not all companies do what it takes to take care of those assets. Employee retention is an important part of your company’s health and its bottom line. And the best way to retain employees is to make the right hiring decisions in the first place.

Buchanan Investigation Group, a leader among private investigators in Florida, can help you make sound choices by conducting thorough background checks on potential employees. BI Group’s pre-employment investigation can save you hours of worry and could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

You can find a host of different sources online that will help you figure the cost of replacing an employee at your business. But you don’t have to know the exact dollar figure to understand that there’s a high cost associated with employee turnover.

In this day and age, it’s easy for someone to pretend to be something they’re not. It’s in your best interests to verify the information your potential employee provides. For your convenience, BI Group offers two types of background checks: standard and comprehensive.

According to Monster.com, “Almost half of workers (46%) polled by staffing firm OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, said they know someone who included false information on a resume.”

Kim Isaacs, Monster’s resume expert, thinks fear may be driving applicants to make themselves look better – at least on paper. “I think fear is the main reason,” she said. “Fear of not being good enough, fear of not measuring up to their peers, fear of not getting called for interviews. Some people will do whatever it takes to get an edge.”

Monster has identified three ways in which job applicants are most likely to stretch the truth, if not lie outright:

  • Embellishing their education
  • Stretching their dates of employment in order to cover up gaps in employment
  • Exaggerating their skills

Someone saying they worked at a job until September when they really left in June, might not raise huge concerns in your HR department but what if an applicant claims to be bilingual, when in fact they only studied French or Spanish in high school? Monster also warns that job candidates may claim technical proficiencies they don’t possess.

Small businesses often believe they can’t afford to conduct background checks on potential hires. Some may not even bother to do a Google search on their applicants. But when you have a smaller management team, every player is even more critical.

“Just because you used a program a few times doesn’t make you an expert,” they point out. “We’ve had someone put down Cornell School of Hotel Management on their resume, when they only took one class online,” Scott Samuels, CEO of Horizon Hospitality, an executive search firm, told Monster.com. “[The candidate] didn’t graduate from there or even attend in person.”

The Buchanan Investigation Group can run a standard or comprehensive investigation on your potential hires. With a statewide team of detectives, you can take advantage of the services of a private investigator in Boca Raton, a private investigator in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, a private investigator in Gainesville, FL or one of the many other cities our private investigators in Florida serve.

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