6 Reasons Background Checks
CheckPoint HR, LLC, has released a list of reasons employers should make
background checks a standard practice in their hiring process.
"By hiring a new employee, you are entrusting them with your company and your
clients," said Michelle Moylan, HR Specialist for CheckPoint HR. "Therefore it's
your corporate responsibility to ensure a safe work environment and protect your
CheckPoint HR's list follows:
Applicant Verification Increases Quality of Hire
Unfortunately, most applicants are not always truthful on job applications
and resumes. Common fallacies include fabricating skills and educational
experience, excluding negative information or fudging dates. Taking the extra
step of running a complete employee background check provides an opportunity to
validate the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate that could
otherwise not be evaluated in an interview.
Avoid Workplace Theft and Violence
Uncovering a potential employee's legal history can help companies identify
those that may be at risk of engaging in violence and theft, both of which are
on the rise in the workplace. According to a 2006 report by the Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS), almost half of employers with over 1,000 employees reported an
incident of workplace violence in the previous year. A background check can
reveal an employee's criminal history that may have been excluded on a resume,
helping companies avoid dreadful legal issues and monetary losses in the future.
Don't Go to Court
Organizations are held legally responsible for negligent hiring.
Unfortunately, it's become fairly common for a company to find themselves facing
legal issues, so it is very important for a company to conduct a thorough
screening process of all employees to mitigate legal risk. Legal trouble can
result from serious offenses such as identity theft, data and financial
breaches, to an invalid employee driver's licenses, etc.
Reduce Turnover and Discipline Issues
Relying solely on a resume and an interview can lead to the hiring of a
substandard or high risk candidate. Taking the extra steps to ensure the most
capable candidates are selected will lower the turnover rates and decrease
discipline issues Also, diving deeper into a candidate's employment history can
help companies avoid hiring employees that have an unstable work history.
Create a More Productive Office
Running a background check reflects corporate responsibility and discourages
dishonest behavior with applicants. Background checks also show current
employees and clients you are willing to take the extra steps and time to ensure
you bring the best employees into the company. This act shows employees you have
their best interest in mind and seek to provide them with the most qualified
co-workers. A satisfied and competent employee pool creates a more stable and
successful work environment.
Not Just for New Hires or Pre-Employment
Organizations can develop and execute company policies that support ongoing
evaluations for existing employees based on tenure, promotions, security, etc.
in order to reduce risk. It's important to note that employee acknowledgment and
consent should always be required.