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29.04.2019 : News
How do background checks protect a company’s reputation?
Today, organizations and individuals looking for business partners want to surround themselves with people with a good reputation. The image a company projects is so crucial that it can influence the number of contracts it wins, the volume of its sales, and even the price of its products or services.
An increasing number of companies rely on background check services to ensure that their reputation is maintained. Find out why.
Workplace violence: a stain on a company’s record
Not only can workplace violence make a company’s employees feel unsafe, it can also negatively affect a company’s image.
For example, a fierce exchange or altercation between employees in front of customers has the potential to quickly draw attention onto a company for the wrong reasons. Such a scene can be filmed, or reported through social media, and then spread like wildfire. Unfortunately, once a company’s reputation is tarnished, a high level of trust is very difficult to restore.
A national criminal record check is used to determine whether a candidate has a criminal record and can determine if they have committed violent acts in the past. Moreover, it can highlight some of a person’s character traits and give an idea of how they might react in some unpredictable situations where the pressure is high. In some areas of employment, it is therefore prudent to conduct this type of background check to avoid outbursts or violent reactions from an employee.
Employee use of social media: another threat to an organization’s reputation
In the previous section, we mentioned social media and the impact that a negative comment made by a customer can have. However, not only people from outside an organization can damage its reputation. Sometimes, certain publications by people working for a company can be just as harmful. Since a company’s image is closely linked to that projected by its employees, it is important to be cautious about candidates who are very active on social networks.
In this sense, one of the most effective methods to protect a company’s reputation from the harmful effects of inappropriate publications is to conduct a social media background check before hiring a new employee. This procedure will reveal whether a candidate has ever published sexually explicit, racist, illegal or violent material online.
This data can help a human resources department or recruiter make an informed hiring decision. People integrated into the organization are therefore much more likely to share the employer’s values and maintain its reputation.
When it comes to reputation management, prevention is better than the cure!
In conclusion, since it is much more difficult to restore public trust in a company than to lose it, conducting a background check on candidates before recruiting them is more important than ever. This is the most effective way for an organization to ensure that its reputation will not be damaged.
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