The Risks

The risks of not conducting background checks

Who Do You Trust?

One of the greatest resources to help us live our daily lives and realize our dreams is having people around us who we can trust: friends, families, neighbors. We grow to trust people by getting to know about them. When we first meet someone, the conversation takes a familiar path: what’s your name? What do you do? Where do you live? What do you like? Slowly, we make a judgment about whether or not this is someone we want to be around, to count as a friend.

Why Does It Matter?

For a company, the question of who you trust is just as important, yet such judgements often have to be made far more quickly. Trusting an employee means giving them access to the lifeblood of a business. A good employee contributes to productivity, safety in the workplace, positive attitude among the workforce, solid relations with customers and partners, and security of intellectual property, inventory, and cash. Your employees have access to:

What's the Danger?

A bad employee can undermine every single one of those. But the buck stops with you, as you have to navigate your company through this maize of regulation. As an employer or as a human resources professional, you have to make vital decisions about potential or current employees in a limited amount of time and in such a way that you maintain compliance with a bewildering variety of state and federal regulations. And you have a business to run! It may be tempting to ignore the risks and not conduct a thorough screening and background check of new hires, but the bottom line is that a bad employee can cause: