Make a List, (Background) Check it Twice - Part 2
Top 5 Reasons to Consider Background Checks
In my last blog “Make a List, (Background) Check it Twice – Part 1”, we talked about why pre-employment background checks help an organization be more successful.
I touched on a handful of reasons to consider running background checks, but here’s a deeper dive into the top 5. By conducting background checks, your organization could:
1. Avoid Negative Publicity
Many not for profits are charitable foundations promoting an important cause or organizations serving a special constituency. Bad publicity caused by an errant employee, volunteer or board member can severely damage an organization’s reputation among its funding sources, the public
2. Identify Honest Resumes
A person applying to an organization that does an employment screening is more prone to take care of their resume. There are often inaccuracies in resumes that lead to mistrust of a potential employee. Many of these errors are inadvertent, but some will be on purpose. Without background screening, these may slip by the person doing the hiring or accepting the volunteer.
3. Protect the Elderly and Children
Not for profit organizations often deal with members of society who are the most vulnerable and the least able to protect themselves which means the public, the courts
4. Allow Access to Residences and Living Quarters
Employers whose employees have access to residences and living quarters have a moral and legal obligation to ensure a safe environment. Knowing whether a potential employee or volunteer has been involved in a criminal or other inappropriate activity allows the employer to determine if an applicant is suitable for this type of work environment. The courts have repeatedly found employers responsible for the criminal actions of the employees on the job. The average award in security (personal safety) negligent hiring cases is approximately $1 million.
5. Reduce Turnover
No organization can survive with high turnover. Organizations who work with elderly and children are especially concerned about turnover and training. Long-term care and residential youth centers become the home of these individuals and recognition of friendly faces is important to each of them. The people working at care center need in-depth training and losing a trained employee can cost the organization in time and money. Credit checks will sometimes point up a lack of responsibility in a person and a good employment screens will search this out. A careful record of turnover prior to employment screening and after screening will help an organization evaluate the cost-effectiveness of this step.
To learn more risk management practices for your not for profit organization, chat with a member of the ‘A’ Team.
- Make a List, (Background) Check It Twice – Part 1
- I Screen, You Screen
- The First Commandment of Background Checks
- The Pre-Employment Mistake You Can’t Afford to Make
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