Oct 20, 2010 Brian Bradley
Making your business secure and a safe place for customers to do business and employees to work may not seem like the highest priority right now in this recession as you scramble for new business and look for ways to control costs. It's not because you don't care or because you don't think it's important, but probably because it is easily taken for granted.
Résumé fraud has always been a problem, but in a recession the problem gets more acute - touting exaggerated accomplishments or compensation, tweaking job titles or employment times. Automatic Data Processing's 2009 screening index showed that 46 percent of 5.5 million individual background checks revealed a difference in information between what the applicant provided and what the source reported.
Problem is that one bad hire that could have been prevented, can be very costly to your business. There are many factors to be taken into account when you think about the security of your business. It is not just the physical security of people and assets; it can also mean security of personal data of customers and employees, data you have a legal obligation to protect and secure.
One of the most important ways of ensuring the security of your business is by screening employees to understand the different risks they might pose for you business whether it be data security, theft or workplace violence. Credit reports, criminal history, sex offender reports, other public records and national/international watch lists give you insight into the person you are hiring and allow you to hire with more confidence.