When a business person takes on the task of Do It Yourself (DIY) employment screening, they can potentially put their company and staff at risk. The human resources giant, ADP, says that almost ten percent of the background checks completed uncover a problem. This means that there is a one in ten chance of hiring someone who could potentially put the company at risk, but you could find out about first.
The following are some of the other risks that employers take when they do DIY employment screening themselves:
Someone May Be Hired Who Can’t Focus on Their Job
If an employer is unaware that a candidate has had issues with drug or alcohol problems, financial issues or legal problems, a person may be hired who can’t focus on their job. The individual may have many things on their mind other than work. The result can be employee performance issues, which can take a long time to cycle through a review and disciplinary process.
An Uncomfortable Work Environment Can Be Created for the Current Staff
If someone is hired with a history of bullying or violence in the workplace, the staff may discover this workplace safety issue sooner than the supervisor. When the new employee’s real nature begins to come out, it will affect the staff and can cause them to become anxious and fearful at work. If managers don’t do something quickly and the person physically threatens one of the staff, the managers may be legally liable for creating an unsafe work environment in the company.
The Company’s Intellectual Capital May Be at Risk
When hiring people who will have direct access to the company’s sensitive information, such as staff in the IT department, that information will be put at risk if the wrong person is hired. A problem employee could also cause damage to computer hardware and software, compromising important company information.
A Person’s Privacy and Rights Can Be Violated with DIY Employment Screening
When DIY employment screening managers conduct their own screening, they are required to keep up with current regulations as to what can and cannot be done in an employee background check. For example, if the screener probes too deeply into someone’s medical or financial history, they could be accused of violating privacy laws. This is a compelling reason to let a professional screening and background check service perform compliant employment background screening, as the staff must be continually current on the screening laws in each state that they serve.
Using a professional screening and background check service reduces the DIY employment screening risks and a range of issues down the road. Higher quality employees will inevitably be hired, and employee happiness will increase with existing staff by having a safe and productive workplace.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is never intended as legal advice and is for information purposes only.
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