Chances are, you’re already running job applicants through the standard drug testing, criminal records and background investigations, as these steps protect your business from professional and financial risks. But what about the risk of hiring someone who can't handle the requirements of physically demanding positions?
Employees who don't work out leave a lot more than frustration in their wake: lost productivity, the cost of rehiring, and – for jobs that place a heavy premium on physical ability – workplace injury claims.
In a study done by Robert Half International, 39 percent of chief financial officers surveyed said that bad hires had cost them productivity, and that their supervisors spend about 17 percent of their time – approximately one day per week – managing employees who were not performing well.
And when those employees do physically demanding jobs, making that square peg fit into a round hole may include:
- Helping them build strength or endurance through physical training to safely do the job for which they were hired
- Finding less demanding projects for them to complete
- Reassigning them to different positions
- Terminating their employment
Steep Turnover Costs
Having run the hiring gauntlet and finally gotten a new employee on board, you may find yourself hesitating to let a bad hire go. And if you do, you can add severance pay to the cost of going back to square one to find a replacement. According to Human Resources IQ, the cost of a bad hire can equal 30 percent of the employee’s potential first-year earnings. In the Robert Half survey, 41 percent of hiring managers and HR professionals who have made a bad hire estimated the financial costs of that hire run into the thousands of dollars. The Center for American Progress cites that, depending on skill level and position, costs of turnover can be more than twice an employee’s annual salary – a figure that doesn't include the costs of any work-related injuries.
Work Related Injuries
According to some estimates, a worker in the US is injured every five seconds. Every ten seconds a worker sustains an injury resulting in temporary or permanent disability. Creating a safe work environment should be at the very top of your list when it comes to hiring the right people for the job.
Safe work environments start with careful selection of workers. The impact on employees' lives can be devastating – or even deadly – when they’re hired to do a job they simply aren't physically capable of performing.
How Not to Hire Your Next Workers' Comp Claim
Pre-Hire Physical Abilities Testing (PAT) provides objective evidence that candidates can safely and effectively meet the physical demands of the job. PAT helps you avoid lost productivity, minimize employee turnover and lower the number and severity of on-the-job injuries, reducing workers' comp costs.
Used in combination, drug testing, background checks, and physical abilities testing create a hiring protocol that yields a safer, more productive work environment for your employees, and a healthier bottom line for your business.