How to Prevent Employee TheftWhen hiring a new employee make sure that you do a background check.  Check their references and last two places of employment.

Make sure that what they put down on their resume matches with what you learn during your background investigation.

Once you decide to hire someone, always start them with a probationary period, 90 days is best.

This will save you a lot of heart ache in the long run.

During the probation period you want to keep an eye on several different things, how the employee:

  • Interacts with other employees.
  • Treats your customers.
  • Handles money, credit cards and checks.
  • Handles inventory.
  • Manages their time & how punctual are they
  • Does their job

The bottom line is you want to use your probation period to weed out bad apples quickly.

Anyone who doesn’t live up to your expectations should be let go immediately, unless you feel that they have the desire and potential to excel in their position in time.

Furthermore, business owners don’t have much time to train new hires because they have many responsibilities that require a lot of their time.

They usually pass this responsibility on to a trusted manager and check in with them from time to time.

This works much better than you spending your time doing it, but it is not the most effective method.

The most effective method is to use a surveillance system in your business to keep an eye on things when you are not around.

You could be in the very next office and still won’t know what is going on in the adjacent office unless someone tells you or you have a security system so you can see for yourself.

A huge myth in owning security cameras is that business owners have to watch hours of video footage every day.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Just make sure the surveillance system you install has cameras with motion sensors so the cameras are only recording when motion is detected.

This will cut the amount of video footage you store on the digital video recorder down tremendously.

It is much better to scan the video footage to watch your new hire.

Just fast forwarding through 5 – 10 minutes a day of video footage is all you would need to know if your new hire is right for your business.

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