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:
- The goods your company sells
- The equipment it uses to produce
- The cash that flows through it
- The proprietary ideas and resources that make it unique and valuable
- The reputation on which it rises or falls
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:
- Lost productivity
- Damaged reputation
- Material theft
- Criminal operations
- Liability costs
- Training costs