WorkSTEPS Annual Provider Symposium

WorkSTEPS Symposium 2016 (Save the Date) PROVIDER v2

2016 WorkSTEPS Provider Symposium and Employer Conference!

The event will be hosted on September 8, 9, & 10 with pre-conference trainings starting on September 7. The Employer Conference will be included in the Symposium registration this year and you don’t want to miss the amazing line-up of speakers and presentations!

Click here to view the agenda and registration info: Visit the event website.

Hotel reservations can be made at the following link or by calling 800-333-3333, referencing the WorKSTEPS Symposium for the discounted rate of $164/night.

Stay tuned for the full agenda and feel free to call or email with any questions.


Why Pre-employment Tests Are Important

The use of prehiring assessment tests in the U.S. grew from 26 percent in 2001 to 57 percent in 2013. This spike is due to a number of benefits from pre-employment screening, such as improved job performance, time and cost savings in the selection process, and decreased turnover rates.

Different types of pre-employment tests include:

  • Drug testing: A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that one out of every five restaurant and hotel employees uses illicit drugs, which gives the hospitality industry the highest rate of substance abuse compared to other U.S. employers.
  • Personality testing: Personality testing can help determine the interests, motivations, and broad behavior patterns of candidates.
  • General Mental Ability (GMA) testing: This test reflects both a technical and interpersonal dimension and can dictate how quickly an employee can acquire necessary job skills and knowledge.
  • Integrity testing: To prevent employee theft, honesty tests are often administered to identify applicants who have a propensity toward dishonesty or irresponsibility.

If you are a company contemplating whether to use pre-employment tests on potential new hires, the expert team at WorkSTEPS can help you. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to find out how pre-employment screening can positively influence your company.

Importance of checking a job candidate’s personality

Companies may want to consider evaluating the personality of a potential employee as a way to filter out employees with unpleasant work attitudes that could negatively impact other employees or business revenues.

While checking an applicant’s educational background is important in assessing if the skill set of a potential employee matches the job description, employers should also assess the applicant’s personality to find out if he or she can be an asset to the company. Employers should consider if a particular person is fit to work with existing employees; otherwise, companies are left to deal with a high attrition rate. Employers who accidentally hire “toxic employees” are at risk of losing their valuable employees, and in the service industry are likely to lose existing or future customers if the employee they hire has a rude or insensitive personality.

If you are an employer and you want to ensure that a potential new hire has a personality that suits your business, the expert team at WorkSTEPS can help you. Call us at (512) 617-4100 to find out how pre-employment screening can positively influence your company.