Pre-Employment and Background Screening

Apr 3, 2018

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When it comes to pre-employment screening in South Africa, keeping the bad apples out when hiring can actually safe guard the future of your organisation.

It’s been said that an organisation is only as good as its most powerful asset, and for most organisations today, that asset is human capital. While most HR professionals and business owners envision a dream team of productive employees that keep the business running like a well-oiled machine, the biggest problem with human resources is that they are human. Sometimes even the most qualified, experienced and hardworking candidate may not quite be the right fit for your organisation. So, imagine the repercussions of making a few bad hiring decisions.

Honest, qualified and trustworthy employees are the lifeblood of any organisation and nowhere is this more important than in the small to medium business sector, where employee dynamics play an even more important role.

As a result, pre-employment screening and ongoing employee screening have become an integral part of the business landscape. In addition to the skills testing that has already taken place for decades, more than half of companies globally now include some combination of background screening checks and verifications to ensure that job applicants and new recruits have not misrepresented themselves or their qualifications.

The screening process can also assist in ensuring a good fit between the employee and organisation. It costs far more to replace an employee who wasn’t the right fit for the organisation than to ensure that the right one is hired in the first place.

Employee Background Screening has gained momentum worldwide as a crucial, necessary and acceptable aspect of the recruitment process. The unfortunate truth is that hiring one or two inappropriate candidates can have a detrimental impact on the efforts of an otherwise productive and hardworking team, impacting business profitability, worker morale and productivity, and even client service.

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