In today’s hiring climate of global economy and mobile workforce, employers find it increasingly difficult to trust job applicants at face value. An effective hiring practice requires a stringent employment screening process that validates an applicant’s credentials along with respecting applicant’s privacy and complying with relevant laws.
The right screening process reveals more about an applicant than discovered on paper or during an interview. Previous employers give insightful information about applicant’s working habits and characteristics. However, the realm of screening is not limited to vetting a prospective employee, it is rather a means to ensure the integrity of your organisation and safety of your employees because comprehensive screening discloses information about an individual that probably makes them unsuitable for the workplace.
Further, today’s data-driven organisations are prone to higher instances of insider threats. Research suggests that privileged business users orchestrate 27% of successful insider threat attacks that cost an organisation between USD 100,000 to USD 500,000. This indicates that “people” are at the heart of all breach risks because humans can considerably overcome sophisticated data protection tools. Thus, it is imperative for organisations to conduct infinity screening i.e. post-employment screening for all employees who are a part of the data lifecycle.
Screening helps in sizeable data breach prevention because when an employee knows that they are screened and monitored, it helps minimise the likelihood that a breach attempt will occur. It makes sure that all employees are part of the overall commitment of securing sensitive information.
Though the cost of employee screening is 5% of an employee’s annual salary, the long-term benefits involve productivity, quality and increased customer satisfaction. Besides, screening is the humanitarian duty of employers to show reasonable care to the safety of their current employees.
During every recruitment cycle, employers look for better candidate profiles because better candidate pool leads to better employees. A sound screening process discourages high-risk candidates from applying, and ensures ethics and internal organisational integrity. The return on investment for employee screening is realised in lower turnover and lower data breach incidents.
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