You Are Doing Background Checks, Right?

In an article on theft in the workplace:

“Billions of dollars are lost and stolen annually from businesses, because of employee theft. Employee dishonesty and theft costs U.S. business over $50 billion dollars annually. National estimates show that 75% of all employees steal from their employers at least once throughout their careers. The same statistics show that at least half of these 75% steal multiple times from their employer.”

Regarding violence in the workplace:

“Many American workers report having been victims of workplace violence each year. Unfortunately, many more cases go unreported. Research has identified factors that may increase the risk of violence for some workers at certain worksites. Such factors include exchanging money with the public and working with volatile, unstable people. Working alone or in isolated areas may also contribute to the potential for violence. Providing services and care, and working where alcohol is served may also impact the likelihood of violence. Additionally, time of day and location of work, such as working late at night or in areas with high crime rates, are also risk factors that should be considered when addressing issues of workplace violence. Among those with higher-risk are workers who exchange money with the public, delivery drivers, healthcare professionals, public service workers, customer service agents, law enforcement personnel, and those who work alone or in small groups.”

Each year nearly 1 million individuals become victims of violent crime while working or on duty.

Much of this can be prevented in your workplace by doing a background check. I realize that’s something most of you already know, but the question is: are you doing them?

They are not that expensive and can tell you vitally important things about your candidates. They can help you prevent potential theft or violence in your place of business.

There are of course no guarantees that a “clean” background check means a prospective employee will not become involved in future acts of violence or theft. But the chance of someone causing damage to your company is certainly increased if you do not employ background checks.

So, this is a pretty straightforward tip. Use background checks. Find a place that has a solid reputation for providing up-to-date and comprehensive data.

Should I end off with that familiar phrase? Well, why not.

The more you know about someone BEFORE you hire them, the better your hiring decision will be.




As the law varies in each area, please check with an attorney to ensure you are applying these tips within the law.




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