With more companies finding firmer financial ground to stand on following a tumultuous few years in the global marketplace, human resource managers are finally getting the go-ahead to bring in new talent to support teams that have been stretched thin. Although these developments elicit a sense of both excitement and relief for business managers, recruitment processes must be as meticulous as ever.
To ensure companies extend an offer to the right candidate, as opposed to merely a candidate, HR professionals must first construct a more comprehensive perspective through improved background screening procedures. Then, recruiters can collaborate with their IT department colleagues to define appropriate levels of access and control afforded to new hires as they gradually assimilate into the organization and take on additional responsibilities.
The Value of Thorough Screening
Although background screening has been perceived as somewhat of a formality in the hiring process, businesses should be looking for factors well beyond a candidate’s most recent work experience. From a purely financial perspective, CFOs will tell you that it is much more expensive to acquire talent than it is to retain it. As such, HR managers will want to know that the resources committed are actually cultivating a productive new employee. Conversely, there’s no telling how much money they might spend in the long run covering up the mistakes and dealing with the fallout of a new hire that turns out to be a functional—and possibly legal—liability.
Background screening can also be considered an insurance policy, as the story painted by the candidate, his or her resume, and any third-party staffing agency utilized may not be entirely objective. While the candidate may list a litany of professional qualifications that barely fit on the page, a deeper investigation may reveal that they took some liberties in describing past experiences. Finally, recruitment managers should also be cognizant of the potential legal ramifications that can come from negligent hiring practices that compromise the integrity of working environments.
Allocating Trust Accordingly
Diligent recruitment practices are certainly the start of successful talent management, but even the most outstanding candidates cannot be given the keys to the kingdom on Day 1. Business managers need no reminding as to the value and sensitivity of their IT assets—nor how quickly simple human error can create disastrous security and/or compliance liabilities. So they must ensure the proper policies and technologies are in place to limit employee privileges solely to essential, role-based job functions.
These principles are not restricted to the onboarding process, of course, as all employees are initially hired to fulfill a vision of long-term growth. Whether a worker has been on the payroll for 15 days or 15 years, intelligent access control and activity monitoring measures must be employed to guard the company’s collective success against individual abuses and incidental errors. In this way, companies can feel confident that employee trust is not simply given, but earned.
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