Flexible Workplaces Require Responsible Employees
March 24, 2011
The idea of the flexible workplace has been prevalent in our country for the last several years. Why should a national or multi-national corporation pay for an office, when their employees can be just as effective or sometime even more effective from home? Plus, many employees like to work outside of the traditional 9 to 5 hours.
Of course, with this flexibility comes the opportunity for abuse. When hiring, employers need to make sure that the candidates they hire can handle this responsibility. And of course, an effective background check can help. Their are a number of tools employers can use to assess personal responsibility such as criminal records, motor vehicle records, employment references and even credit reports.
The reference interview is obvious. Simply ask questions that focus on the candidate’s ability to work independently and whether they exhibited personal responsibility while on the job. You would also think that using criminal records, motor vehicle records and yes, credit reports are fairly obvious. And on their face, they are. However, rightfully so, many organizations will hire people with criminal records. Perhaps, they don’t care about a minor possession charge or public drunkeness conviction. However, a history of ticky tac violations definitley speaks to self control and personal responsibility. Same goes for driving records. An individual violation or two might not be of concern. A history of violations could be pause for concern, even if the person is not going to be driving their car for work. Again, it goes to personal responsibility.
I’ll stay away from the can of worms that no doubt would follow with my explanation on how credit reports can help. I’ll just say that adverse credit combined with any of the above adverse information can certainly help you round out a body of work.
This concept of the flexible workspace is a great development for both employers and employees. Employers just need to make sure that their employees are capable of succeeding in this environment.