Changing Economic Conditions Warrant Background Checks on Everyone

It used to be pretty accepted that companies didn’t need to perform background checks on every employee.  Instead, they just chose the ones that had to work with sensitive materials.  But all that’s changed.

Today’s economic conditions absolutely warrant background checks for every single new hire.  From the worker in the plant to the CFO in the boardroom, background checks are needed to protect internal and external information.

Of course, numerous employers know this instinctively but do not want to spend a) time or b) money to conduct background checks.  Some just choose to go with a “gut instinct” that (they hope) is right.

Yet what would happen if your new hire…

→ Stole from a coworker.

→ Was a convicted felon and colleagues found out and were horrified.

→ Used customer data for nefarious purposes.

→ Was a sexual offender and ended up having access to minors.

→ Took money from the organization.

→ Sold secure information for his/her own profit.

Could your company survive the media circus (complete with bad public feelings) that would ensue?  It’s doubtful, especially if you’re a small to mid-sized entity.

Be smart and protect your own interests.  Conduct background checks before offering any job to anyone.

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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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