Are Background Checks Necessary for Remote Workers?

One of the biggest hiring trends in recent years is the rise in remote workers. This shift in the workplace requires a new way of thinking, not just logistically but also in terms of knowing exactly who you are onboarding. In today’s changing and highly competitive business environment, it’s essential to ensure that the people you hire are trustworthy and reliable. Failing to conduct background checks on remote employees can leave your business vulnerable, potentially leading to lost productivity, legal consequences, and damage to your company’s reputation and bottom line. Here are a few key points to consider.

Is the employee working two jobs?

Speaking on the “remote trend of working two jobs at the same time without both companies knowing,” Forbes reports that “unrepentant schemers” working “outside of the office and watchful eyes of supervisors” have learned to “play the system.” Per a Resume Builder survey of 1,250 full-time remote workers in the US, “69% of remote workers are working a second job,” including a second full-time job, part-time side gig, or running their own business. And this doesn’t necessarily equate to working/clocking in accurate hours. Resume Builder states that, “Among those working two full-time jobs, only 23% work 80 hours or more total per week, which would be standard for two jobs expecting 40 hours per week. As for workers with a full-time and a part-time job, 44% work a total of 40 hours or less per week.” Therefore, verifying “past” employment and checking references is vital to steer clear of potential payroll issues.

Does the job require a special degree or experience?

An applicant may seem impressive and perfect for the job on paper and during the interview process, but in reality, they may be grossly underqualified. While unethical, stretching the truth on resumes and in conversation to secure a coveted position is a common practice. Don’t just take their word for it. Taking the time to verify a prospective candidate’s professional experience and education ensures their claims are truthful and correct for the position. This is especially critical in government and specialty industries where specific accreditations, licenses, and other credentials are required. To learn more about the importance of employment and education verification, click here.

Is the employee hiding something?

One of your main priorities should be to maintain a safe and comfortable work environment for your employees, but do you really need to worry about remote workers fulfilling their duties outside of the traditional office? Could they be hiding something that puts your company at risk? Without a criminal background screening, you have no way of knowing what type of person you’re hiring to serve and represent your company. Even if you are okay with employing someone with a checkered past, it helps to be cautious and know their full background to make an informed decision.

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Kristina Taylor
In 1989, Kristina began her career as a customer service representative at the newly formed American Tenant Screen, Inc. Ten years later, she pioneered tenant background screening on the Internet. As a long-standing member of the National Multifamily Resident Information Council (formerly the National Association of Screening Agencies) Kristina gains insight into the trends of the tenant screening industry to better understand the current and future needs of their clients.

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