In today’s “post pandemic shutdown” era, the universal cry from almost all industries is that they can’t hire enough workers. Cries of worker shortage abound.
Imagine it’s hiring time, and you have questions about a potential employee’s ability to perform a job. How can you find out?
For the savvy business owner, smart workforce decisions begin long before the day a new employee reports for their first day on the job. But what if you could reduce the chance of injury before a candidate ever punches the clock? Pre employment testing can make the choice easier.
In the pursuit of hiring a great workforce, casting the net wide isn’t always the best tactic. The same goes for pre employment testing. Personalized testing tightly matched to specific jobs and tasks matters and can make the difference between a safe and successful hire and an issue waiting to happen.
Solid, experienced, reliable workers that can be counted on for exceptional productivity and safety in the workplace are the backbone of any business – assets to your company that are worth their weight in gold. However, as any employer knows, they aren't easy to find and are sometimes even harder to hang on to. A good physical ability test program can help find these workers.
Hiring the right person the first time is the ideal for every employer, and if you're in human resources, the ball is in your court and it’s “match point” every time you make an offer. Of course, “match point” is an ideal, so getting it right every single time isn't a realistic expectation. However, you can significantly increase the odds of finding the right applicants for physically demanding jobs when you implement pre employment Physical Abilities Testing as an integral part of your hiring process.
When exploring the possibility of implementing a physical ability test in their hiring process, employers sometimes wonder whether these programs are worth the investment in reducing workplace injuries. The answer to that question is yes; they are definitely worthwhile, provided your company is using a well-designed, evidence-based testing program customized to the actual everyday physical demands placed upon your employees. Research shows that programs like this can significantly reduce worker injuries, enhance safety and reduce the toll injuries take on your workers, their families, your business, and your bottom line.
This is the fifth part of a 5-part series on why injuries occur in the food processing and how they can be prevented.
Before reading on you might like to read the introduction here.