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Protect your Business from Rising Workplace Violence

As a hiring manager, you know well that employment screening is one of the most effective ways to help you determine if an applicant is the right fit for your company. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 87% of companies rely on background checks for hiring decisions. Although the benefits of pre-employment screening include an increase in employee quality and a decrease in liabilities, the advantages of pre-employment screening are short lived. As Ryan Green points out in his article, “employees with inclinations towards activities that violate company policy rely on the fact that their job will stop looking into their background once they are hired.” The solution? Annual background checks.

While performing annual background checks on your employees might seem excessive initially, it’s one of the best ways to ensure the quality of your staff (as well as your company’s integrity) is being maintained. Updating your employees’ files to include (like DMV records for drivers), can save your business from liabilities like workplace violence. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “nearly 2 million American workers become victims of workplace violence each year”. OSHA even released last Friday that health care and social service workers suffered 52% of all workplace violence injuries in 2014, making employees from these industries twice as likely to be violence victims.

Whether or not you’re a part of the healthcare industry, putting these practices into place can not only ensure the safety of your staff, but protect your business from embezzlement and other non-violent, workplace crimes. The Association of Certified Fraud Identifiers found that 75% of the employees in their study admitted to stealing at least once from their employer, with 37.5% had stolen more than once. Even within the multifamily housing industry, board member of Metro Life Properties, Will Kelty, recalled an onsite property manager that stole an estimated $14,000 in rental fees, with another property incurring a similar loss of $6,000.

To safeguard your company’s assets (staff included) and help assure you company’s standards are being met by quality employees before it’s too late. With automated, annual background screening, you’ll be notified if there is any new criminal activity connected to your current employees like DUI’s for employees that routinely use company cars or drive, drug-related crimes in jobs with strict drug-free employee policies, or any other new, alarming background information.

If you trust pre-employment screening to aid you in important hiring decisions, then why not use that same data to protect you, your company and staff after hiring?

To learn more about ways your company can better screen potential new employees, or regularly monitor current ones, visit: https://www.cicreports.com/employment-screening/

 

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About the Author

Becky Bower is the Communications Executive here at the Resident Screening Blog. She holds a degree in English, with a focus in creative writing, from CSU Channel Islands. Her biggest weakness is cake and favorite superhero is Batman.