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HR says “It’s Finally OK to Drink on the Job” – Virtual Happy Hour Anyone?

Working remote has its benefits, but it can also be extremely isolating! It turns out those chit chats around the office water cooler might have been good for us. The SHRM article below shows how a variety of companies are creatively connecting co-workers and industry peers online. And the response they’ve gotten deserves a toast. […]

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3 HR Mistakes in Background Checks

In our experience, there are 3 mistakes HR teams commonly make in criminal record searches: 1) Google the applicant (and God forbid) finding a criminal record outside of the law (FCRA) 2) Searching only local records and missing other areas of residency or work 3) Not doing a criminal check at all! Take a look […]

Help for Essential Worker Hiring

Background checks are crucial when hiring, even during a Pandemic, but first you need to find your candidates!  LinkedIn is contributing to this effort by offering free recruitment tools for the next 3 months to those searching for new hires & volunteers!  You can also do some things to speed up your background checks.  For […]

Faster Backgrounds = Faster Hiring

While healthcare workers and other essential employees are taking care of our families, co-workers and friends during this pandemic, some employers are quickly innovating their processes to get new employees hired faster.  Walmart announced it is hiring associates in as little as 24 hours.  (See article below.) The Swailes Backgrounds team is also partnering with […]

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Free is Good

Is it good for you? You’re walking around an HR conference and there’s free promotional swag everywhere.  Ah yes….nice koozies, a branded USB drive, keychains, cool fidget spinners, and if you’re lucky a nifty tote bag with a (hopefully subdued) logo slapped on the side. Vendors love giving these goodies away as long as they […]

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Money Down the Drain

Do you know what you’re paying for?  If you’re getting nickel and dimed on your background checks, you should look for unnecessary searches, or if you don’t have that level of detail, just ask your vendor for a billing breakdown. Another thing you can do, is get a package price. However, make sure your vendor […]

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Whale Watching

Are you a small fish in your vendor’s big pond?  We hear it practically every day.  “They wouldn’t listen to me” or “I was transferred to a global call center and got the same scripted responses” or topping the list “Only the really big accounts get their attention.” Whether it’s a question about delays, or […]

Slow Background Check

The Race is On!

Is this your background check vendor’s logo?  Some Houston background check vendors take forever to complete a background check, while others give the all-too-suspicious “clear record” almost immediately.  Houston area HR leaders have told us about previously losing a key applicant due to snail-like vendor performance. We’ve also heard stories about the quick turnaround, which […]