New SHRM Study Shows Most Companies Screen Employees

Jason Morris

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has just finished several studies regarding background checks, criminal record searches, reference interviews and pre-employment credit reports.  The numbers are not surprising, they show that over 75% of U.S. organizations are currently conducting more than one type of employment screening services. Over 430 companies were surveyed and the results were interesting:

  • 88% of companies either partially or fully outsource criminal background checks
  • 87% of companies either partially or fully outsource credit background checks
  • 48% of companies either partially or fully outsource reference checks
  • Between 34 – 51% of companies use these types of services internationally

Each study, there are four total, break down the metrics into hundreds of different categories.  For instance, out of the 75% of companies that screen their employees most are obviously larger organizations.  The study further breaks them down by industry and size.  I found it most interesting when they break down the reasons for the screens and how many use the negative information in their decision.

Spend some time with these studies, if you are a member of SHRM they can be found at:

http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/ConductingReferenceBackgroundChecks.aspx

http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/BackgroundCheckCriminalChecks.aspx

http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/BackgroundCheckingGeneral.aspx

http://www.shrm.org/Research/SurveyFindings/Articles/Pages/BackgroundChecking.aspx

Pay special attention to the studies on Credit Reports.  As we all know the EEOC is attempting to crack down on their use.

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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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