Whether you have a café, a restaurant, a food store, or a bakeshop, when it comes to food, you just can never be too careful. Food is a daily necessity of people and most people rely on food businesses for this specific need. And because the wrong kinds of food can pose hazards to people’s health, a food business is a sensitive and delicate business that only people with expertise on food should handle.
But it is not enough that only the business owner has sufficient knowledge and skills regarding this area. The employees especially those who will work at the kitchen should also be adept in food handling and preparation to ensure that your food business does not only serve mouthwatering food but also those that are safe and clean.
Because resume falsifications have become more rampant these days, it has become a necessity for food businesses to conduct background checks on their employees. For instance, if you have a restaurant and you are looking for a chef, it is possible that you would encounter applicants who will claim to have graduated from reputable culinary schools or have work experience in major restaurants. A background check will help you validate the information stated in the resume because it investigates an applicant’s educational background and employment history.
Aside from hiring a qualified and excellent chef, you also need to have a staff of food servers that will give your customers an efficient service with a smile. It is easy to pretend to be pleasant and friendly during the interviews but an employee background check that will supply valuable information about a person’s background will make you know his or her real character and personality.
For one, you will be able to get hold of any criminal records that an applicant may have. An applicant who had been involved in cases of violence, sexual abuse, fraud, theft, embezzlement and such surely does not have any room in your restaurant. Moreover, medical records and drug testing records you can obtain from the background check will also inform you if the employee is physically and mentally healthy to work for your company.
Imagine these following scenarios, which can possibly happen if you fail to conduct a background check on your applicants:
1. Your chef, whom you did not know uses drugs, spits on the food he cooks. Disgusting, isn’t it? But this is possible because drugs can alter the perception and behavior of people, making them do things that you cannot imagine doing.
2. Your mentally unstable waiter bursts into a temper fit when a customer asks to make some changes in the food he ordered. This event can instantly drive customers away from your food business.
3. One of your food servers, who happened to have been involved in cases of sexual abuse, makes a move on a customer. The offended customer leaves and never returns to your restaurant. Worse, she tells everyone about the incident.