Five Reasons Why Screening Should be Part of Your Employment Process.

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As the UK’s largest independent screening provider, we know how important screening is to the HR function, and the recruitment process in its entirety. We see it as an integral step in the hiring process – a way to give you full confidence in who you are hiring and alleviate any unprecedented risks.


If you’re considering conducting employee screening, you’ll have your own reasons as to why. At the very least, your employees are integral to the success of your operation, and checks allow you to feel comfortable in who you’re hiring.


Background screening services, such as ours, have been designed to support HR managers throughout the employee life cycle. From pre-employment screening, right through to a repeat employee screening, we’ve got you covered. Some checks are required as minimum regulatory requirements (for example, SM&CR for certified persons), whilst others can be helpful in assessing a cultural fit (social media checks for example).


So, for whatever reason you’re considering employee screening, and whichever checks you are doing, here’s why they’re a good idea:


  1. Reduce exposure to risk

Background screening can be an insightful tool for HR Managers. Learning about potential hires, and current employees, can prevent damage to your company’s reputation by giving you access to truthful and accurate information about exactly who you are bringing into your business.


  1. Vouch for the honesty and experiences of your employees and candidates

Receiving a CV from a potential employee is one thing, but unfortunately sometimes believing it can be another thing entirely. Reference checking can ensure that what you see is actually what you get.


  1. Protect the security and integrity of your data

Hiring new people can be tricky, because they may need to be privy to the inner workings of your company, and that requires an element of trust. Hiring the wrong team members in this regard can be a very costly mistake, and background screening can help mitigate this as a risk.


  1. Comply with professional standards

For businesses in many sectors, it is important to encourage a culture where staff take responsibility for their actions, whilst clearly understanding where responsibility lies. These are aims of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (“SM&CR”) – an FCA/PRA regulation.

It can be a regulatory requirement for many businesses to demonstrate that their staff are ‘Fit and Proper’, and our specialist checks can support this.


  1. Promote a culture of honesty and integrity

Each business has a culture that is unique to them. A potential risk of a new hire is that they have the potential to disrupt your current workforce and its employees. With supportive background screening, you can ensure that who you are hiring is right for your company.


Unique to each business, there are a plethora of other reasons why you might opt to conduct background checks and pre-employment screening. Whatever your reasons or rationale, we are here to help you choose the best service for your staff.


Click here to explore our offering further. If you are interested in learning how background screening services can benefit your business, get in touch with our experts for a tailored discussion on your individual requirements: intouch@veroscreening.com

About Jessica Veal

With 10 years’ experience within financial and professional services, both in the UK and abroad, Jessica looks after Marketing Communications here at Vero Screening. After initially gaining a degree in Marketing, Jessica’s career has spanned from campaigns strategy in-house and at agency level, to leading COVID-secure online events.

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