This week, the American Staffing Association published an article with the results of a survey recently completed by CareerBuilder which noted that more employers plan to add full time regular employees in 2011 than in 2010.
As all signs continue to point toward a slow, steady economic recovery, it is encouraging news for those looking for employment that more than half of employers are reporting that they are in a better financial position today than they were a year ago. However, in a move that shows confidence in the economic recovery is still cautious, more than one-third of the hiring managers surveyed reported that their employee ranks would grow through the addition of temporary or contract workers, vs. hiring full time employees. In addition, almost 40% plan to transition temporary or contract staff to full time positions.
People outside the background screening industry would likely assume this news would drive an automatic increase in business for screening firms like CARCO. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily so, and often, to the detriment of the employers making these hiring decisions. Employers often forgo the screening of temporary or contract workers, assuming their staffing firms have screened them, or that the expense to screen someone in which you are not fully vested is unnecessary. And more likely than not, when these unscreened employees transition from temporary to full-time, it is an afterthought to screen them before extending the full time offer—they have not created a problem to date, they must be fine, right?
Wrong. It is the role of the employer to protect their company and other employees—and this starts with the proper screening of any person who will work within your facility or have access to your employees and other clients’ assets, whether temporary or full time.
With the shift in the economy over the last five years, the number of positions being filled by temporary and contract workers has steadily increased, yet the use of screening services has declined, in all likelihood as a cost-cutting measure. To understand the kind of consequences that can come with such a decision, visit http://www.carcogroup.com/resource-center-cms.php?product_id_sku=RC02 to read our White Paper The Importance of Accurately Screening Your Temp Workers.
So tell us—are you one of the fortunate employers who will be hiring in 2011? And if so, will you be hiring full time staff, or starting more cautiously with temporary workers? And more important—who, if anyone—will you be screening?