SurePayroll Offers Online Employment Services
In an effort to streamline and improve the employee selection
process, online payroll provider SurePayroll launched a suite of
stand-alone services that help employers evaluate job candidates,
including background checks, behavioral assessments, skills testing,
personal development and drug screening. The services are available
independent of SurePayroll's payroll processing products with no
The background check service comes on three levels, the first
consisting of a social security number trace and a county of residence
criminal search, while the next two levels of service provide a wider
check. The results are available to the user via an online management
interface, while e-mail notifications are sent upon completion of the
check. SurePayroll is also offering midmarket companies Webinars
explaining how the services work.
The three levels of background checks start at $22.95, a figure the
company said enables small business owners to purchase any of the
services at their hiring pace. SurePayroll's behavioral assessment
service, which the company says can save businesses from losing an
average of $34,500 in interviewing, training and productivity loss on a
bad hire, lists for $165.
Steve Kania, SurePayroll's vice president of product management, said
small business employers can't afford mistakes when it comes to the
health of their businesses. "We designed our screening services to
provide businesses thorough, affordable ways to recruit only the best
talent and avoid costly hiring mistakes," he said. "And we've made them
convenient to access and use whenever small businesses need them."
SurePayroll's online skills testing service measures proficiency in areas ranging from language, math and basic office skills to expertise in computer programming and Web development including technical areas such as C++, Oracle and Java. Each test is $21.95, with more than 300 tests on offer. Another test service SurePayroll offers to perform is a bit more serious: The company offers drug screening services available in two packages-- a 5-panel drug testing and 10-panel drug testing. SurePayroll said test results would be available online within 48 hours of sample collection.
In some cases, the severe recession has given small business owners
a larger-than-ever pool of qualified applications, increasing the
strain on human resources departments and putting pressure on fully
informed, carefully timed interview procedures. "It's essential for
[small businesses] to know the people they bring to their teams are
top-notch and will contribute to growth and success, and not waste time
and money," Kania says.