As an HR professional, you do everything you can to hire the best possible people. You want to help your company grow and thrive. You also want to protect it and its employees. That’s why it’s so frustrating when new hires injure themselves on the job, or quit because the job turned out to be more physically demanding than they expected.
As you screen and select applicants, you worry, “Am I hiring our next worker’s comp case?”
If only you could predict which applicants are an “accident waiting to happen.” You know not every applicant is up to the job’s physical demands, but you must also respect ADA and EEOC hiring guidelines.
There is a Better Way: Post-offer Employment Testing
Adding post-offer employment testing (POET) to your hiring process can make a profound difference in the quality and longevity of new hires — directly helping to reduce workers’ compensation claims. With POET in place, you can make a hiring offer contingent upon successfully completing the test. Instead of hiring people who seem able to do the job, you can hire those who demonstrate through unbiased, valid testing that they are able to perform the job’s required essential functions.
The workforce is aging, and that means some candidates may present a higher risk. One in 10 workers are not physically able to do a particular job, and they may not even know it. Furthermore, most new hires aren’t always fully aware of the actual physical and positional demands of their new job. This underscores the need for up-to-date, specific and accurate job descriptions. POET helps you address both issues. It lets you test for physical capability and gives you data and metrics to improve job descriptions.
Fit-to-Work Assessments Bring Multiple Benefits
Highly-respected scientific studies conducted across a broad spectrum of industries prove POET works:
One study (Gassoway) showed 20% of pre-screened candidates failed some component of the test. Stop and consider this: if you could avoid hiring one in five potential workers’ comp cases, how much would your company save?
POET screening saves much more money than what it costs, and it provides additional advantages, for any size company in any industry:
Every time you’re able to uncover potential problems before finalizing the hiring process, you save time, money, and frustration.
Be a hero. Transform your hiring process from frustrating to efficient and cost-effective. Implement post-offer employment testing and reduce workers’ compensation claims by hiring the right person, the first time.
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