A lot of companies have recognized just how much of a cost savings they can see when they hire freelance staff to perform various functions. From virtual CFOs to marketers, freelancers are ready to tackle projects. But that doesn’t mean you should forgo common sense when hiring them!
Below are 5 great reasons to background screen all freelance staff members:
They’ll be representing your company. The public won’t care if they are freelance or not if they do something wrong!
They will likely have access to some confidential data. Can you afford a breach?
Their past nefarious decisions can ruin your reputation. Who wants to hire someone with a criminal record a mile long?
They might not be who they say they are. We all know people sometimes lie on their resumes. Who’s to say your freelancer isn’t stretching the truth?
A reference checkcan tell you so much. If you call the freelancer’s references, you’ll have a better idea of whether to move forward with him or her.
Don’t take a chance! Background screen anyone on your team, even those who aren’t full-time employees.
As the owner of (or manager at) a business, you probably hire consultants and/or contractors on either a regular or occasional basis. So the question becomes: Should you background screen those persons?
To help you determine if it’s worth your while to put contractors/consultants through background screening before allowing them to work with your company, ask yourself these questions:
Will this individual have access to any confidential data while working with you?
Will this individual be handling money?
If this individual has a questionable background, could it affect the way your company is perceived?
By the outside world, will this individual be thought of as an “employee” of your company, despite his or her contractor/consultant status?
Will this individual have keys to your location?
Will this individual have a work station at your location?
Will this individual be working with your company for an extended period of time?
If you answered “yes” to at least one of the questions above, it’s a good idea for you to consider getting your contracted employee background checked for the safety of your company’s reputation, your clients, your company and your team.
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