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Reinventing Your Workforce; HR's Post-Shutdown Options

Posted by Julie Henderson

Aug 13, 2020 1:14:00 PM

It’s all over the news.

States are opening back up after the COVID-19 shutdown shuttered millions of businesses over the past months. Employers and employees alike feel everything from hope to trepidation at the thought of getting back to work.

What does that mean for your organization, and your workforce?

While you are free to open (depending on your location and your type of business), there are many questions to answer about bringing your employees back.

Going back to work doesn’t mean business as usual.

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Topics: background screen, background check, Best Practices

Tell Me No Lies…In the Interview

Posted by Susan McCullah

Aug 4, 2020 9:42:56 AM

“I don’t believe you.”

While we probably don’t need to come right out and say that to job candidates’ faces, it’s important to understand that everything they are telling you may not be the whole truth.

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Topics: Background screening, faking degrees, background screening company, background screen, background check, resume lies, 7 steps, Best Practices, social security trace, background checks, background screening practices, Verifications

Spring Clean Your Hiring Docs: How Long Should You Keep 'Em?

Posted by Susan McCullah

Apr 23, 2020 10:08:39 AM

Disclaimer: The following article is not offered as business or legal advice. Data Facts is not a law firm and does not offer legal or business consulting advice. This article is not intended as a substitute for the legal advice of an attorney knowledgeable of the issues covered as they relate to a user’s individual circumstances.

Do your folders, whether paper or digital, look like something you might see on an episode of “Hoarders”? Do you know you need to clean them out, but you don’t know where to begin? Then you’re at the right place.

It’s intimidating deciding which hiring docs you need to hang on to and which ones to trash. After all, there’s that fear of “what if I need ‘em” permeating every toss. It’s enough to cause you to give up and shove them all back into folders to clog your files for eternity.

Here’s a clear-cut plan to effectively spring clean you hiring docs without worrying about ditching something valuable.

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Topics: Best Practices, hiring process, Hiring docs, record retention, document destruction

Why HR Should Expect Better Background Screening Practices

Posted by Susan McCullah

Mar 11, 2016 9:24:27 AM

Hiring the right candidate in a timely manner sounds easy, but it’s a virtual minefield of disaster waiting at every step. A key component of a smart hiring decision is the background check.  It’s essential for HR professionals to invest in smart background screening practices to make sure they don’t get stuck with unsafe or unqualified employees. Candidates misrepresent themselves quite often, and companies need to catch these exaggerations before they extend an offer. .

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Topics: Background screening, background screening company, background check, EEOC, HR Professionals, Best Practices, employer compliance

Workplace Violence – Putting Employers on the Horns of a Dilemma

Posted by Mark A. Lies and Craig B. Simonsen

Sep 11, 2015 10:35:09 AM


Employers today can find themselves in a seemingly untenable dilemma when they have violence threaten to invade their workplaces.  Two recent cases illustrate the competing liabilities that employers face in their decision-making as to how to respond to workplace violence.

In one case, decided by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the employer, a superalloys casting company, chose to fire an openly hostile employee making death threats to avoid potential injury to its employees, and face the prospect of costly litigation including an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuit.

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Topics: Best Practices, Workplace violence, Litigation avoidance

Healthcare License Verification and Monitoring Made Easy!

Posted by Jennifer Hamby

Jun 9, 2015 9:46:00 AM

 

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Pre-employment screening, Background screening, background screening company, Best Practices, Healthcare hiring, medical monitoring

Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

Posted by Doug Coull

Aug 28, 2014 1:44:01 PM

It’s of the utmost importance that, as you enjoy the advantages of “software as a service,” a key part of that service is air-tight with data security and back ups.

When shopping for an applicant tracking system (ATS), here’s a few questions you should ask prospective vendors:

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Data security, Data privacy, Best Practices

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

Reduce Employee Turnover in 10 Steps

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

Jul 9, 2014 3:26:17 PM

Are you losing valuable employees?  There are two types of turnover that concern HR professionals and CEOs – voluntary turnover where people quit, and involuntary turnover where you fire people. Your total turnover is a combination of both. Should you only be concerned about voluntary turnover? Or should you also be concerned about those who left because they were fired? The answer is you should be concerned about both because both, if excessive, is a sign that there are problems with your management.

Let’s take voluntary turnover first. Why are people leaving your company? What is your benchmark? Are more people leaving this year than left the year before? What is the industry standard? Are they going to a competitor for more money? (Let’s hope so, because you can fix this.) Or are they leaving because they hate their supervisor?

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Topics: Data Facts blog, Cynthia Thompson, HR Professionals, Best Practices, Reduce Employee Turnover

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

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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.