Don't we all miss our school days? We cherish our school memories throughout our lives. School acts as a foundation which prepares us for all phases of life. A single crack in this foundation can haunt us. Recently, schools are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Most of us can't imagine hiring a convicted felon in our offices. However, many school officials are doing just that. Headlines such as, “Germain Street Elementary School Janitor Arrested for Inappropriate Sexual Contact with the Student,” and “River School Custodian Arrested on Child Pornography Charges” were hot on the news, spreading fear and nightmares to parents, children, and communities.
This dropped a bomb on the school board officials, as well as district and local school administrators, who failed to conduct background checks on employees. Background checks of employees are important and must be regulated across the country. School board officials must perform background checks and review them frequently. All levels, from bus drivers, to the staff cleaning in schools should be reviewed to avoid such horrible incidents and make schools safer. Originally, school officials thought it wouldn't be necessary to conduct these checks on employees (such as volunteers, bus drivers, and janitors) because they aren’t in direct contact with the students. Moreover, it is a time consuming process and can’t always be done on a regular basis. But these incidents have proved them wrong and has shown our community its importance.
While performing background checks on employees, school officials must take certain points into consideration, as it’s not limited to criminal history checks. Education, employment history, reference verifications, professional licenses, and medical records are important too. Let’s take a look at points which must be taken into consideration while performing a background check:
Points to Lookout for while Performing a Background Check:
- Education Verification
- Employment History Verification
- Professional References Verification
- Criminal History Verification
- Drug Testing
If you outsource your school cleaning needs before contracting work to cleaning businesses, you must have enough information about them. Especially when businesses have employees that are here today and gone tomorrow. A recent survey showed a combination of insufficient talent, intelligence, and the lack of references. Checking this information resulted in 33% of bad hires. There is no doubt that most employers will make the wrong hiring decision at some point. Today businesses avoid reference checks, police background checks, and drug testings before hiring because it consumes time and effort. You’d be surprised to know that some of them are not even licensed businesses and do not offer what they advertise. This, in turn, is putting yours and others lives in danger.
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At STATHAKIS, we have a unique perspective on how to provide janitorial services. We believe cleaning is much more that just dusting, mopping, and emptying trashcans. At school everyone expects a clean and safe environment and we go the extra mile to provide our clients with the same. While other companies offer just simple janitorial services, we provide building maintenance services who know the building better than its professional cleaning staff. We believe in building a family like relation with our clients. This in turn, puts their mind at ease and in carefree mode when it comes to business cleaning. We have various verification methods in place at the time of hire to ensure that our staff is knowledgeable and clean as a whistle, as they are the one's representing us.