Great Blog Post on Developing a Background Screening Policy
May 30, 2008
Good friend Barry Nixon from the National Institute of Workplace Violence and Kim Kerr from Lexis Nexis (yes, a competitor albeit one who crafted a great web post) just wrote a great article that was published by HR.BLR.com about how to develop a background screening policy for your organization. Readers of this blog might recall the Kim and Barry were kind enough to include a chapter on International Background Screening that was written by employeescreenIQ in their recent book Background Screening and Investigations: Managing Hiring Risk from the HR and Security Perspectives. Please see the lists they developed for implementing a policy and the resulting benefits.
Benefits of Implementing a Background Screening Policy
- Proactive Management of Risk: Risk management is fundamentally about choosing to accept a risk, mitigating the risk, or reducing the risk, and a background screening policy is a clear step to reduce the organization’s risk.
- Due Diligence and Legal Compliance: A well-crafted background screening policy will position an organization to exercise due diligence, which ultimately will help it avoid the negative consequences of being out of compliance or breaking the law. This helps the organization avoid unnecessary cost and the distraction of resources to address legal issues.
- Improve Hiring Processes: Background screening provides for the collection of relevant information and verification of the accuracy of the information, which helps an organization to be equipped to make better hiring decisions.
- Protection of Information: One of the side benefits of implementing an effective background screening policy is that it forces an organization to pay close attention to how it protects individuals’ personal information, which ultimately reduces the likelihood of the organization having a breach in its data and all of the commensurate problems associated with it.
- Reduce Cost and Improve Profitability: An organization that proactively manages its risk, avoids costly employee problems and lawsuits, has an efficient hiring process, and protects individual personal data will reduce its cost of operations, thus improving the flow of dollars to the bottom line.