Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hiring the Wrong Person for Your Business Isn't Hard to Do

Your modular home business is booming and hiring employees is essential for all the new work you’ve contracted. But what if you hire the wrong person?

The vast majority of small modular home builders and almost a quarter of modular factories are guilty of not performing sufficient pre-employment checks and have instead relied on their instincts alone. While you might trust your gut, some candidates can use this lack of screening to their advantage to pull the wool over your eyes.

Their resume and/or application could look great on the surface but could be hiding a criminal record or have no proper ID.

Or they could be lying on their application and providing false information in order to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market. Unfortunately, without being vetted beforehand, these issues won’t come to light until it’s too late.

A bad hire can cause havoc for your business, ranging from lost productivity to internal disruption in your existing team. There is also a chance they may take part in illegal activities while working for you and this can ruin your reputation with your clients and prospective customers.

Once again, I know you are busier this year than any year in recent memory and there is a shortage of good labor but not vetting a new hire can cause you major problems.

It’s no secret that finding the ideal candidate for a role can take time. From organizing interviews to reading through countless applications, it’s not something that can be rushed. But did you know that a vetting process can actually save you time? Announcing on the job advertisement that you are going to carry out an extensive background, criminal and credit checks can discourage high-risk candidates from applying, therefore saving you both time and money.

Now that most of the criminal prone candidates have been discouraged from applying in the first place, that leaves the ones that have flat out lied about what skills they have or who they worked for.

Employee related threats such as theft and fraud are understandably a big concern for any builder. Thankfully, vetting potential candidates can give you some additional protection against this. This is particularly important if the candidates you are hiring will have access to higher-priced materials, your vehicles, and your checkbook.

As an employer, it’s your responsibility to provide a safe working environment for all your employees. By vetting each of your candidates beforehand you’re making the safety of your employees a priority. After all, your team should feel safe and comfortable when they are at work.

Having a structured vetting process in place isn’t that hard today. The Internet is your first stop in the Vetting process and Google becomes your first stop in the process. Public records are more public and easier to find than ever. Checking a candidate’s social media accounts could reveal activities that aren’t acceptable in normal business.

With access to endless information at our fingertips, there is no excuse to not find out more about prospective employees before getting them to sign on the dotted line.

There is always an element of risk when you decide to hire a new employee and sometimes there is no way to completely avoid hiring the wrong person. But by using a vetting process, at least you can reduce the chances of this happening considerably.

So, next time you find a candidate that performs extremely well during an interview and has a glowing resume, remember that if they seem too good to be true, they just might be.

Vetting is your key to a smooth-running team.

Gary Fleisher, the Modcoach, publishes Modcoach News and Modular Home Coach blogs for the modular industry professional and Modcoach Connects for construction consultants

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