Pre-employment assessments are some of the most important, yet overlooked components of the hiring process. Gone are the days when recruiting was just a matter of who is qualified talent and skill wise. The capacity of an employee to carry out his/her job is also as very important, and with medical compensations nipping company’s cash reserves all over, pre-screening is fast becoming an integral part of hiring in Australia.
Benefits of pre-employment assessments
Ideally, pre-employment assessments are aimed at enhancing the likelihood of hiring workers who can meet the specific requirements at an acceptable level of risk to the worker and the employer. The benefits of the process include;
1. Reduction in workplace injuries:Screened employees are less likely to have incidences of injuries in the workplace. As such, companies experience a low absence rate due to injury, and medical costs are kept to a minimum.
2. Reduction in claims and insurance costs:
The risk of hiring someone with a pre-existing condition that could lead to workers compensation claims is minimised. Statistically, non-screened employees have a 33% higher injury rate of compensation claims than screened employees.
3. Minimised downtime:
By getting in workers with no pre-existing medical complications or precursors for potential illnesses, an organisation can effectively reduce the amount of working hours lost in a month by over 50%.
4. Matching the capacity of the employee with the role:Depending on the industry, some job types require a specialised workforce and that employees be in the right physical conditions. These tasks require high levels of fitness and when the safety of employees may be at risk, it becomes imperative to carry out an assessment. Through that, companies are able to increase productivity by identifying candidates who are able to carry out the physical requirements of a particular job.
5. Candidates are made aware of unknown medical conditions
From an employee perspective, pre-screening can alert an employee about existing medical conditions that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. He or she is then in a good position to seek early treatment.
At Recovery Partners, our team is dedicated to providing accurate pre-employment medical assessments for a range of industries.You can find out more about our pre-employment assessments here, where you can make an online enquiry.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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