Why employee background check should be a key part of your recruitment process?
Employee background checks are increasingly being incorporated into hiring decisions by organisations. Originally anyone with a criminal record could be easily rejected. However, recently new legislation and policy changes have forced criminal background checks to become more nuanced. One motivation for allowing more individuals with criminal records to work is to decrease unemployment and encourage acceptance.
We have noticed a surge in employee background checks. Research data on employee background search suggests that the most common fraud job seekers engage is extensive misrepresentation of academic and work credentials listed on their cv. Organisations who fails to perform a thorough employee background check on a prospective employee may be exposed to the charges of sloppy hiring or employment discrimination.
In UK employee background checks are getting common. Pre employment screening of prospective or current employee is critical. This is to ensure you have a 360-degree view of who you are hiring. Employees (people) are the most important asset to any business. A dishonest employee can be a nightmare and can cause reputational damage to the business. They can also cause legal problems which may result in caution or penalties. An employee background check should be key part of your hiring process. Employee background check will protect you, your business and your customers from corrupt parties and fraud. Employee vetting of prospective employees will make the recruitment process longer. However, you will always have peace of mind and no vulnerable to fraud.
Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has published detailed guidance on what level of employee background check is required and when. A recent SHRM article by Bliss & Thornton (2012) notes that ''increased use of employee background checks by employers to check job applicants stems from the growth of claims alleging that an employer was negligent in hiring or retaining an employee who subsequently engaged in workplace violence or some other act that resulted in harm to another employee or office property”.
In response to increased risk for negligent hiring, many employers conduct employee background checks as a matter of course and some go beyond the traditional reference checking. Hanson (2006) in Workforce Management article recommends that employers “make a systematic effort to gain relevant information about the job applicant, verify identity documents, and follow up on missing information or gaps in employment” to demonstrate that every reasonable care was taken in the recruitment process.
Failure to conduct pre-employment screening and background checks can result in serious liability for employers. Employee background checks can dramatically improve the performance and readiness for the job of everybody who takes a new role including internal recruits. Pre-employment screening helps you build, sustain, and perpetuate high preface teams and risk adverse organisations.
Complyagte offers the best background check service in the UK. We can help you vet as little as one or many candidates. Our screening services will reduce this part of your recruitment process by more than 70%.