With most retail and hospitality on pause during lockdown, the world is now beginning to open and return to work as the government announces easing of lockdown measures. While this is a positive step, it also means that employers will need swift solutions for screening new staff members to reduce time to hire and meet their labour needs.
But the pandemic has left an indelible mark on the future of work, and, now shaky after months of uncertainty, employers need more reassurance than ever that they are making the right hiring decisions, in order to get the most value from tightly squeezed staffing budgets.
While reduced profits might, in the short term at least, make cutting corners look attractive, background screening is crucial to mitigate risk from a bad hire. Employee fraud, compliance breaches and reputational damage are just some of the hazards that can be avoided with a comprehensive screening programme.
And with traditional in person screening now at best ill-advised and at worst opposing government guidelines, digital background checking is crucial to ensure that people are who they say they are and have the experience and qualifications they claim to have.
Digital screening is faster and has a higher level of accuracy than analogue screening, and technology provides a better candidate experience as well as useful insights for employers which can help drive future staffing decisions. In addition, digital screening can help ensure compliance, triggering rechecks of dated qualifications in your current workforce.
With retail and hospitality establishments opening and people emerging from their homes with trepidation, customers will be nervous and looking to your staff to provide a safe and professional environment. It is more important than ever to ensure that new staff members are properly screened to protect your customers and business from risk.
A specialist screening provider can help guide you, drawing on their experiences of safer recruiting, so you can divert your energy to other areas of your business. Veremark are leading providers of local and global background checks, offering convenient 100% digital, 100% accurate checks for new and current staff members in all industries and sectors.