Security Challenge- Could you be at Risk?
Many organizations tend to view employment
screening as little more than a hassle. It adds nothing to their
bottom line (at least directly) and checking out a job applicant's
background is not exactly an exciting task.
Which job candidate has not walked on water, or at least parted
the Red Sea? The normal modesty, with which most people comfort
themselves, flies out the window when they enter the job market.
Resumes become shining examples of creative writing, with loyal
foot soldiers in the corporate army morphing into field commanders.
Candidates not only put their best foot forward, they also keep
any embarrassing information tucked deep inside their pockets.
There are, of course, varying degrees of truth. It is one thing
to take a little more credit than any single individual deserves
for a $20 million sales increase - and quite another to claim a
IIM degree when the person failed to graduate from high school.
The problem is that in any given situation with any given individual,
it is difficult to know what is truth, what is fiction and what
may fall somewhere in-between.
Yet, financial liability for acts and misconduct of its employees
is becoming one of the most significant areas of exposure for organizations.
Organizations are utilizing background screening as a risk-management
tool to limit their liability.
|The Potential Risks:
- Employee theft
-- anything from pilfering to embezzlement.
- Incompetence. The employee, it turns out, lacks the qualifications
he or she claimed on the application, or was fired from a previous
job for unsatisfactory performance.
- Employee is emotionally disturbed or has a serious personality
problem, resulting in lowered morale or productivity in the organization.
- Employee is a drug user or alcoholic, damaging the organizations
good image and reputation or resulting in serious interpersonal
problems, absentism, etc. (Even worse��employee causes bodily
harm to a customer while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.)
- Many other possible unfortunate consequences of lack of due diligence
in hiring, too numerous to list��������