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Can Pre-Employment Testing Decrease Workers’ Compensation Claims?

  • By:
  • Alliance Insurance Group
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  • Dec. 16th, 2015

One of the best ways to decrease potential workers' compensation claims is to prevent the hire of an employee with a high probability of filing a worker's comp claim. Sounds intuitive enough, right, but how do you do that?

Many employers use mandatory drug screening as a way to decrease workers' comp claims. But there's another way, which is the use of pre-employment testing to determine an applicant’s likelihood of being a risk to the company.

With pre-employment testing, an employer has an important tool to help them streamline their hiring procedure and potentially reduce their workers' compensation insurance.

What is a pre-employment test?

A pre-employment test is a standardized and objectiveway to gather relevant data on a potential employee. The goal is to gain insight into the traits and capabilities of a person you're thinking about hiring. These kinds of tests typically fall into three general categories: skills, aptitude, and personality tests. Depending on which type of test you use, the information you get will often provide a much more realistic assessment of an applicant's key potential as well as their ability to perform critical tasks within your organization.

How it can reduce workers' compensation claims

Pre-employment testing can help a company decrease their workers' compensation claims by honing the hiring process which ultimately helps officials hire better people for the job.

Furthermore, when new hires are a great fit for their role, it's more likely that workplace morale will be higher, employee turnover will be lower, and the safety record of the company will be sounder—all factors that contribute heavily to the incidence in workers' compensation claims. And with the rising costs of workers' compensation coverage, these kinds of tests are becoming more relevant every year, especially within the senior care industry.

Some things to consider when hiring within the senior care business are:

• Possible integrity issues

• Quality of service and care

• Ability to handle the job

• Desire to work with seniors

Well run senior living communities require a special level of care and commitment, as well as attention to medical needs. Hiring the right people is integral to the success of any community.

If you're looking for senior living insurance brokers you can trust, consider working with an Alliance Advocate. Our team is made up of a diverse team of risk management professionals, many of whom specialize in workers' compensation consulting and senior living community risk management. Contact us for more information on how we can help your community.