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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

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

Pt 2: Best Practices for Preparing for 2014 HR Regulations

Posted by Susan McCullah

Jun 9, 2014 11:30:00 AM

In the last post, we discussed how there is a myriad of new and proposed regulation that will be affecting the HR environment.  HR professionals need to review their current policies and procedures against the new regulations to make certain to be aware of any changes that may affect their industry in general and their company in particular.
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Topics: 2014 hiring, Best 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.