The Importance of Screening Remote, Contract, and Gig Workers

How well do you know your employees? The pandemic ushered in lasting changes to the traditional workplace, including an increased prevalence and reliance on remote, contract, and gig workers, and today, employee background screening is more important than ever!

Verify Protect offers screening services for employers looking to reduce poor retention rates and avoid the growing liabilities that result from negligent hiring. We provide the accurate data you need to make informed hiring decisions and protect your business, customers, and employees. We do this by confirming degrees and professional certifications, verifying previous landlords and employers, and more, with a full list of employment screening services that can be found here.

Remote Workers

Unlike hybrid work that blends both worlds, Inc. Magazine defines remote work as 100% “working outside the office.” This allows employees to establish their own work environment, whether from home or elsewhere. Utilizing remote employees can save time, money, and resources, as long as the person you hire has a “self-starting attitude and insane levels of time management skills. It also requires proactive communication and an almost hyperfocus on what’s happening with team members since you don’t have the regular face time with them,” according to Inc. Magazine. Pew Research Center reports that, currently, “about a third (35%) of workers with jobs that can be done remotely are working from home all of the time,” while only 7% of employees worked remotely before the pandemic.

Contract and Gig Workers

According to a recent LinkedIn article on The Future of Work, the number of gig workers is expected to rise to 78 million this year, including independent contractors, consultants, and freelancers across the globe and in a wide variety of industries. The Society for Human Resource Management notes that, “Employers benefit from gig work by gaining access to skilled talent at a time when hiring full-time employees has become more challenging.” With that said, some employers are trusting and assume they don’t need to run a screening because an applicant worked for a local hospital or well-known company, or they were once in the army.

Know Who You Are Working With

Unfortunately, there have been a number of people using fake credentials when seeking employment in the past few years. This is highly dangerous, especially in the medical field.

That is why it’s important to learn the facts and build a team that you can trust. Verify Protect is helping companies build strong teams one background check at a time. If you want to learn more, give us a call at (888) 219-4945, email us at, or fill out this form to contact us today!

Who are you hiring? Since 1988, Verify Protect has been a leading provider of secure, digital employment screening services for companies looking to reduce the growing liabilities of negligent hiring and poor retention rates. Headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania, we help both small and large companies across the nation to secure top talent and make solid hiring decisions by delivering advanced technology and accurate data reinforced by excellent customer service. Visit today to learn more!

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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