Risks

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Who do you trust?

One of the greatest resources to help us live our daily lives is having people around us who we can trust: friends, family, neighbors. We grow to trust people by getting to know them over time.  

For a company, the question of who you trust is just as important, yet such judgements often have to be made far more quickly. Trusting an employee means giving them access to the lifeblood of a business. A good employee contributes to productivity, safety in the workplace, positive attitude among the workforce, solid relations with customers and partners, and security of intellectual property, inventory, and cash.

Your employees have access to:​

  • The goods your company sells

  • The equipment it uses to produce

  • The cash that flows through it

  • The proprietary ideas and resources that make it unique and valuable

  • The reputation on which it rises or falls

A bad employee can undermine every single one of those. But the buck stops with you. As an employer or as a human resources professional, you have to make vital decisions about potential or current employees in a limited amount of time and in such a way that you maintain compliance with a bewildering variety of state and federal regulations. And you have a business to run! It may be tempting to ignore the risks and not conduct a thorough screening and background check of new hires, but the bottom line is that a bad employee can cause:​

  • Lost productivity

  • Material theft

  • Liability costs

  • Damaged reputation

  • Criminal activity

  • Training costs