Data Facts Background Screening Blog

The Best Way To Ensure You Hire Safe Drivers

Posted by Susan McCullah

Oct 9, 2014 2:22:50 PM

Don't assume everyone has a safe driving record!

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Topics: Pre-employment screening, Background screening, 2014 hiring, Data Facts

What Skeletons are YOUR Applicants Hiding?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Sep 8, 2014 12:54:16 PM

Are you SURE there are no skeletons in your job applicant's closet? You know, the sort of nasty little secrets like a conviction or drug problem that could be BIG issues for your company?

The prevalence of background screening practices may lull HR professionals into thinking they are immune to being negatively affected by new hires. The truth is that key pieces of the applicant’s background could still be overlooked.

What skeletons are your applicants hiding?

Here are a few ways that those skeletons could be missed during the screening process.

You are looking in the wrong closet. Pre-employment screening works most effectively when the beginning information is accurate. 

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Topics: Employment screening policy, fake diplomas, background check, resume lies, 2014 hiring

3 Steps For Reducing Effects Of Drug Abuse In The Workplace

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 22, 2014 2:15:00 PM

Drug use in the United States is rising at an alarming pace, and this is being felt in no greater place than the small American business. While drug abusing employees are a roadblock to success for businesses of any size, smaller businesses are at a greater risk of drug abusers damaging or completely destroying the company.

More drug abusers work there.

As far as American employees go as a whole, about half work at large corporations and the other half work at small business. The landscape shifts dramatically when looking at drug users.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Drug abuse, Drug-free workplace, Small business hiring, 2014 hiring, Drug Screening

The 4 Biggest Lies Found on Resumes

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 13, 2014 1:17:44 PM

Fishing tales are not the only times people tell whoppers! You may have read one on the last resume you reviewed, and don't even know it. And falling for them can lead to bad hiring decisions. 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, reference check, Employment screening policy, resume lies, 2014 hiring

How To Increase Accountability In the Workplace

Posted by Cynthia Thompson, MBA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Aug 7, 2014 10:47:00 AM

Accountability in the workplace means that employees are taking responsibility for their job descriptions and fulfilling the essentials functions of their jobs. It means when they make an error, they admit it and take steps to correct it. When employees are accountable, they are engaged and take pride in their work. Their performance is consistent day in and day out. They want to do the right thing every day all the time.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Cynthia Thompson, 2014 hiring, HR Professionals, Best Practices, employee accountability

How Your Background Screening Vendor Can Make You Miss a Good Hire

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jul 21, 2014 1:44:00 PM

Ted is a fabulous employee who is looking for a job. Ted is interviewing with 2 companies at the same time, and is offered a position with both, pending background checks. Company A uses a background screening company that is slow to respond. Company B's background screener is fast in returning results. Company B receives Ted's background check days before Company A, and they end up with Ted. Company A loses out. 

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, background screening company, background check, 2014 hiring, Good hiring practices, Data Facts, best onboarding practices

Onboarding Program Killers: 15 Common Errors to Avoid

Posted by Stacie Shelton

Jul 3, 2014 9:48:00 AM

Onboarding programs rank high on the list of HR programs that get little respect or attention. When managed well, onboarding programs can have a dramatic and measurable impact on employee productivity, retention, employment brand, service/product quality, workplace safety, and future hiring success.

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Topics: Data Facts blog, 2014 hiring, Good hiring practices, Best Practices, best onboarding practices

5 Tips to Help Minimize Workplace Conflicts

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 26, 2014 1:42:00 PM

Handling and resolving conflicts that arise in the workplace is one of the biggest challenges managers and employees face. Typically there are two responses to conflict: flight (avoidance) or fight. In either case, we often feel uncomfortable or dissatisfied with the results because no resolution has been achieved. By handling situations on the front end, we can turn a negaitve, unproductive situation into an opportunity for greater teamwork and enhanced performance.

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Topics: 2014 hiring, Workplace violence

5 Ways to Protect Your Company From Employee Theft

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 24, 2014 10:08:00 AM

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 75% of employees steal from their employers, with the majority of those doing so repeatedly A typical business loses as much as 5% of revenues due to employee fraud. This margin could be the difference in keeping your doors open or shutting them!

Employees are 15 times more likely to steal than a non-employee (according to the National Federation of Independent Business).

Staggering figures like these may be hard to accept, but unless set policies to minimize theft are in place in advance,your business could be very negatively effected by employees with sticky fingers. 

Why Employee Theft Happens

There are 2 obvious reasons why employee theft is such a prevalent problem.

Opportunity - most  businesses are vulnerable to employee theft. Many business owners delegate day to day bookkeeping, banking, and accounts receivable responsibilities to one or more employees, usually those who are most trusted.

As an owner, you may have a ballpark sense of your banking and accounts receivable information, but for the most part, you concentrate on your work and leave the "number-crunching" to others.

Motive - Once an employee is caught stealing, the motive usually becomes clear. The employee may have an unknown addiction - to gambling, drugs or something else. The employee may simply be living beyond his or her means. Some employees justify stealing by feeling the company owes them something 'more'. 

Often, an employee rationalizes the theft while continuing to steal larger and larger amounts. The employee may have more sinister and specific motives, such as harboring bitterness at being passed over for promotion or being demoted and intent on proving that he or she is too smart to get caught stealing.

Measures should be put into place to protect your company from employee theft. Here are five tips for preventing or stopping employee theft:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Background screening, Criminal records, 2014 hiring, Good hiring practices, Best Practices, Employee theft

4 Ways Employers Can Reduce Workplace Violence

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 16, 2014 1:06:00 PM

Violence in the workplace is a serious issue for large and small employers alike. 

OSHA defines workplace violence as any act or threat of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at the work site. It ranges from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. It can affect and involve employees, clients, customers and visitors. Homicide is currently the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI), of the 4,547 fatal workplace injuries that occurred in the United States in 2010, 506 were workplace homicides. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a major concern for employers and employees nationwide.

Below, we will discuss 4 ways employers can reduce workplace violence and provide their employees and clients a safe working environment.

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Topics: Background screening, Employment screening policy, Criminal records, background screen, 2014 hiring, Data Facts, Workplace violence

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~~Susan McCullah is the Marketing Project Manager/ Background Screening Division for Data Facts, Inc, a 25 year old Memphis based company. Data Facts Inc -an NAPBS accredited company- is a leading provider of employment screening solutions. Check out our website for a complete explanation of our services.