Should businesses conduct pre employment screening?
According to the Department of Commerce, 30% of business failures are caused by employee theft.
Employers that use pre employment screening as part of the hiring process reduce those odds.
The question businesses experiencing employee theft might well ask is: Did I hire a thief or did my policies and procedures encourage an honest person to steal?
In either case, an employer can’t know for certain what is in the mind of his potential employee. But he can have a pre employment screening program in place to determine if there is a history of property crimes such as theft, or crimes of violence like assault and/or battery through a thorough background check.
An applicant’s past can be revealed by a criminal background check in the jurisdictions where the applicant has lived, worked, or attended school through an examination of public records relating to arrests, convictions, and sentences handed down by the courts. Although a past record may not be an absolute indicator of future actions, a person with multiple arrests for similar crimes might be expected to revert to that behavior at some point.
A person’s history of drug or alcohol abuse may also be revealed.
If employees have access to assets such as cash, inventory or supplies, or have contact with the public, a pre employment screening program can reduce a business owner’s losses as well as his liability for an employee’s actions.