Sep 04, 2012 Quinn Thomas
The Idaho Business Review recently published a story that used the recent abuse at Penn State University as an example of why background checks need to be bullet proof. The author of the story purported that Penn State allowed its culture to move away from one of accountability, and toward complacency and weakness. The news provider explained that there is a lesson to be learned from this regarding business practices, and offered advice on how to ensure a business remains accountable throughout its lifespan. At the forefront is the hiring process. Many businesses have fallen victim to smeared reputations resulting from inadequate or completely absent background checks. The Idaho Business Review recommends always verifying the most important credentials listed by an applicant, as well as checking the references they list to ensure you are getting the nod of approval from someone you can trust. Comprehensive screening for better results
One issue with background checks en masse is that the scope of questions and requirements is too small. There are significant regulations in place to protect prospective employees from unfair questions, but employers should consider asking every question they are legally allowed to pose, as doing so will yield a better picture of the individual they intend to hire. Retailers should be especially vigilant in their background checks, as Bank of America data shows nearly 45 percent of theft in the U.S. retail sector is carried out by employees.