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Employment Screening: Five reasons why your business needs it

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Businesses face challenges recruiting and retaining employees in today’s fast-paced world. Employees can be the greatest asset or the biggest risk of a business.  Employment screening can help increase workforce integrity and trustworthiness. Let’s look at five reasons why your business needs employment screening.

I’ve always been curious about what makes a good employee and how much an employer’s core values influence and drive behaviour.   When an employee’s ethics match a company’s culture,  the battle is half-won already. So the question is, how do businesses ensure they identify and relate to the best possible candidates for a specific role?

This is where pre-employment screening comes into play.  If you have a clear understanding of what and who you’re wanting to employ from the outset – the chance of a successful working relationship is greatly enhanced.  It’s easy to develop a checklist of competency-based requirements, but how do you also uncover the right candidate from an ethical and integrity perspective?  It’s simple – screen your candidates. Verify the information that job applicants provide.  Seek input from their nominated referees and those you identify independently. Utilise the expertise of established employment screening services for this purpose.

I’m not suggesting your business focus on ‘cookie cutter’ employees.  Embrace diversity and all the benefits it brings – it’s sound business sense to do so.  You can maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce that is underpinned by core values.  It’s alignment with those values and commitment to success that you want to know about before making a job offer.  Experienced employment screeners can review candidate data from a whole-of-life perspective, mitigate risk and help ensure an organisation’s choice of candidate is the right one.

Here are five compelling reasons why your business will benefit from comprehensive employment screening:

 

1. Risk management

You should know who you are hiring. Manage risk by assessing the suitability of prospective employees to work in specific roles. Mitigate risks by confirming eligibility to work, requisite expertise, fitness for physical roles, integrity and more. Be confident in your hiring choice.

 

2. Make an informed choice and retain your employees

If you undertake employment screening, you’ll soon realise the benefits. Employee retention is cost effective.  Invest in quality candidates you identify as the right fit for your business from a competency and integrity perspective.  Make an informed choice and help minimise employee turnover.  The up-front investment can avoid expensive costs later.

 

3. Highlight and strengthen corporate culture

With employment screening, you get to know candidates in more detail and they can get to know you, too. Candidates gain valuable insight about your values and culture. Think transparency, integrity and trust.

 

4. Self-health check

The value of employment screening services extends beyond the on-boarding experience. It can be a regular health check on your organisation’s existing workforce, too. Ensure job-specific qualifications are current, memberships and licences are valid, police checks are up to date, and industry regulation job requirements compliant.  This is an opportunity to address any concerns that may arise and structure your response accordingly.

 

5. In-house or out-source?  Save time and energy

When you outsource some or all employment screening processes, you free up your talent acquisition teams to focus on providing higher value to your business.  So ensure employment screening receives the focus it requires.

An employment screening vendor makes your needs their priority.  Partner with an established service not only for their expertise but for speed of return and support in managing the on-boarding experience.

 

Let’s not forget recruitment specialists either.  Recruiters face the challenge of delivering on multiple roles, wanting to provide a high level of service to all their clients.  It makes sense to outsource some of the employment screening and reference checks in order to focus on sourcing and assessing quality candidates, readying them for interview.  While recruiters are working for their clients, employment screening services are working for them.  Consider the efficiencies teaming with employment screening services provides.

Undertake comprehensive pre-employment screening and realise the benefits that hiring with confidence brings.  Here’s to quality candidates, positive outcomes, business that succeeds and careers that flourish.

Enjoy peace of mind knowing experienced, professional background screeners can help you today.  VerifyNow

Marianne Curnow

Marianne Curnow is a Consultant with Cogent Business Solutions, who specialise in security vetting and employment screening. Cogent’s automated screening platform is VerifyNow. VerifyNow is the talent acquisition professional's trusted partner in employment background screening and verification. verifynow.com.au

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