An indispensable process or a mere corporate embellishment?
“Rising cases of employment-related fraud in the country have not, it seems, made the corporates to get up and take notice. One effective way of mitigating it is through employee background screening. However, despite our repeated discussions about the growing importance of employee background screening in the country, we have found that several corporates still treat the process as a mere part of compliance and do not give it the earnest attention that it deserves.”
In our experience of pitching for the background screening services to various HR executives, we have received very mixed signals with regard to its application. While some executives consider its use to be of paramount importance, most others treat it either as a compliance tool to bring the candidates onto the job floor or neglect it entirely.
A cursory look into the statistics will show that workplace fraud is committed almost invariably by those employees who have faked their employment credentials. Hiring of such employees could be easily avoided through a standard background check. Executives get amazed when we show them the extent to which some potential hires have gone to fake their credential’s“ be it education or employment. So what prevents them from considering the process?
In comparison to countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, with plethora of acts “ FCPA [Foreign Corrupt Practices Act]; FCRA [Fair Credit Reporting Act]; Data Protection Act, et al“ mediating the background screening process in those countries, India finds itself to be a relative beginner; the absence of such acts makes the entire system seem like an anarchy of sorts: every background screening service provider is free to make or break rules as and when they please.
No surprise, then, that when it comes to conducting of background check, emphasis is put on getting the thing done without the due analysis. Executives forget the importance of, for example, an address check, preferring it to be concluded without seeing its evidence. Similarly, fatal errors are made with regard to the education check and the employment check. Both should have cross-verifiable evidences to support a candidate’s case. But instead, more telling examples of cutting corners could be seen in both. We ask again why be so callous when the falsehood is easily detectable and wilful negligence of it could cost dearly? Some of the better examples of this could be seen through the below mentioned news links:
The above links refer to the much bemoaned criminal background check, an area mired with so many controversies (and complexities of Kafkaesque proportions) that most providers do not seriously want to address it, let alone amend it.
However, we at Background Screening have made it a point to address everything that has made background screening services in India so infamous and a laughing stock in the global market. We have put the aforementioned acts into the practice, meaning that, firstly, we treat the client data as confidential. Secondly, data segregation means that a client’s data is a concern of the team members and nobody outside of that team.
We are at our most uncompromising in the presentation of the background screening report itself. Each and every information provided is cross-verifiable and presented with the corresponding evidence. Our analysts will go the extra mile to authenticate the information and provide a cogent analysis of it.
All our existing clients have thus appreciated our even-handed business practices and enjoyed reading our reports. We have clearly brought about a fresh approach to the system and have never shied away from the challenges from the job.
The only question that remains now: are you ready for it too?
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