In 2008, Quick Start was tasked with setting up prehiring
screening and training programs for a new Kia Motors plant in West Point, Georgia, with a projected eventual workforce of 2,500--and for another 6,500 workers at suppliers to that plant, as well.
They include: "wellness" programs for employees, identification of employees with the most stressful occupations with education provided for stress management techniques, prehiring
screening employee monitoring, counselling for employees with personal problems (drugs, marital, financial), rehabilitative efforts for employees with temporary emotional imbalances, and special care in the handling of employees using VDTs and similar equipment having stress potential.
The average number of hours spent in these prehiring
activities ranged from 6.2 hours per hire for small firms (those with one to nine workers) to 12.7 hours for firms with 251 or more workers.
It starts with a prehiring
background check and a paragraph in the offer letter about the ethics code everyone is required to read and sign.
The ICF has developed a certification protocol and organizations are beginning to require this type of prehiring
credential; however, many qualified coaches may not have this particular credential.
It reveals a person's 90-day history with drugs/alcohol, so some employers prefer to use it as a prehiring
"While we advocate for people to be out at work, we also believe that coming out in a prehiring
phase is a personal decision," says Selisse Berry, executive director of Out & Equal, a San Francisco-based LGBT workplace rights advocacy group.
Client companies save both time and money by having a temporary help supply firm handle prehiring
efforts and by committing to temporary workers for a limited time.
He added that 15-20% of applicants are rejected by prehiring
"To complete the loop for a successful diversity initiative, you must have accountability," explains Romeo McNairy, corporate diversity and work/life planning manager at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI, To do this, Ford has linked a wide variety of processes to the company's diversity vision "We wrap metrics into each area from communications to prehiring
, recruitment, development, education and training," McNairy says.
But with opportunities for more prehiring
information comes added risk, especially from the Fair Credit Reporting Act.