In the Restaurant Industry? How Background Checks Are Like Cheap Insurance.

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “Okay, so I’ve got the budget and I know what to expect when we do background checks [relishes the feeling of enlightenment].” Ann: “I’m glad I could help!” Customer: “But I still don’t think I need to screen the crew members.” [Ann feels the enlightenment drain…

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New to Background Checks? It’s Easier Than You May Think.

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “Okay, I am working the bean counters to establish a budget for background checks.” Ann: “That’s great! (Rinses coffee cup in office sink, decides the stains are permanent). Are you ready for more information?” Customer (takes a long swallow of California Coffee): “I’m curious. Is the…

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New to Background Checks? What to Ask for and Why.

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “I just bought a California Coffee franchise! I have 14 restaurants in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and Texas!” Ann [wonders how their coffee is and why there isn’t one in California]: “That’s great! You are (ahem) background checking your workers?” Customer [wonders if Ann dreams about…

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Background Checks Are Not Universal – Are You Keeping What Matters Safe?

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “So, uh, what’s new with you? How’s the spousal unit and the kids?” Ann: [Tries to remember if spouse got enough coffee that morning]. “I’m glad you asked! My daughter (28 years old) is touring southeast Asia.” Customer: “How are you going to work that into…

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The only constant is change

A Zen master visiting New York City goes up to a hot dog vendor and says, “Make me one with everything.” The hot dog vendor fixes a hot dog and hands it to the Zen master, who pays with a $20 bill. The vendor puts the bill in the cash box and closes it. “Excuse…

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“I was innocent and I can prove it – if you don’t look too closely”

[Phone rings] Ann: “Cutting Edge, this is Ann.” Customer: “You think you’re so smart.” Ann: [Thinks about all stuff she doesn’t know. Feels dizzy and sits down]. “What do you mean? Like I can drive a stick shift?.” Customer: “Do you ever get anything wrong?” Ann: [Takes glasses off and rubs her eyes]. “Do you…

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