A checklist of best practices for employee recruiting that can help reduce work comp claims
- The steps you use for employee recruiting can help reduce work comp claims, helping you hire workers who are not only a better fit, but are also less likely to incur on-the-job injuries.
- Clearly define the job role, post the job and establish recruitment procedures. Consistency is key.
- Learn additional steps for screening, interviewing and follow-up.
- New hire orientation is crucial. Follow these steps.
Did you know that your practices and procedures for employee recruiting can help reduce work comp claims? Recruiting, hiring and training new workers, along with managing and retaining them, is a growing challenge for many employers. Four generations are active in today’s marketplace, from Baby Boomers to Gen Z’ers, each with their own traits, values and mindsets. Your recruitment and management practices should encompass these widely disparate groups. (A bit like herding cats, you’ve no doubt expressed to a colleague.)
It can be easy to lose sight of how employee selection ties into employee injuries on the job, says Zurich. A bad fit can put both your commercial client at greater risk of workers’ compensation claims and, more importantly, it can affect the safety and well-being of employees.
With that in mind, we’ve compiled a high-level list of best practices from various resources. Following these guidelines will help not only with employee recruiting, but will also help limit work comp claims and improve overall risk management.
Define performance requirements, basis for evaluation and salary range.
Identify important values required for culture fit.
Specify the necessary education, skills, certification, experience and equipment required.
Document procedures for securing confidentiality of private information; restrict access to sensitive information.
Ensure job application forms include appropriate disclosures, acknowledgements and authorizations (permission for background check).
Ensure all screenings and verifications comply with employment regulations.
Include workplace policies (e.g., substance abuse).
First advertise the opening internally, offering a referral bonus.
Filter down applicants to the top 4-6 that you want to call in for first round interviews.
Provide a brief but accurate portrayal of the job and its contribution to the organization.
Use behavioral questions and applicants’ past experiences (“Describe a time when you”) rather than hypothetical situations (“What would you do if”). Look for flags like vague answers.
Ensure that all candidates are treated uniformly.
Look for characteristics that can signal a tendency towards insurance fraud: history of firings; an inflated view of one’s abilities, or other patterns of negative behavior.
They should also sign off on personal and workplace safety requirements, injury reporting, use of designated medical providers (where permitted) and return to work policy.
Provide training on workplace and materials hazards, safety program and incident reporting, including a visual demonstration of safe work practices.
If the new hire is a manager, provide training on anti-discrimination, anti-harassment and privacy laws and regulations, plus procedures to handle disability accommodation requests.
Ensure management and coworkers share responsibility for new hire safety.
Including these recommended steps in your practices for employee recruiting can help reduce work comp claims. Be sure to pass them along to your commercial clients.
Please Note: Information contained in this article is not intended to constitute legal advice; you should consult with your own attorneys when developing programs and policies.