“Background Check Should Guide Company Policy” | The Guardian Nigeria News
To curb fraudulent and criminal activity by employees, companies have been urged to make background checks a policy.
This is due to the crucial role of the background check in verifying the applications of potential employees during the recruiting process.
The call was made by experts during a recent webinar hosted by Nigeria’s leading background check company, Background Check International (BCI).
Experts stressed that the issue of background checks and due diligence are fundamental imperatives that companies need to focus on, saying this is due to their overall importance to corporate governance.
Topic The impact of background checks on businesses now and in the future, the impact of the x-ray event of background checks on overall business growth.
Speakers at the event urged companies to do due diligence before hiring staff.
According to them, data has been a major challenge in conducting due diligence as it hinders the process. They said that when there is data on people’s criminal records, the background check process is properly facilitated.
They added that it is also important for organizations to focus on complaints and educational verification of potential employees.
Division Manager, Human Resources, Leadway Assurance, Ms Kunbi Adeoti, said due diligence has an impact on organizations and should be a crucial part of the recruitment process to identify bad behavior and fraudulent acts.
“If due diligence is not done, certain patterns of behavior can hinder organizational growth,” she said.
In his contribution, Globalcom’s head of human resources, Mr. Yemi Faseun, noted that if due diligence is not carried out, risks are transferred from one organization to another. He added that there should be monitoring of employees before they engage in fraudulent acts.
The issue of culture also dominated discussions during the webinar. Experts urged corporate organizations to develop a corporate culture that has due diligence and verification as important elements.
The founder of Pre-Employment Directory.Com, USA, Barry White, said every organization should build a culture of verification.
Background Check International Managing Director Kola Olugbodi lamented the situation where organizations were unaware of background checks, urging them to make it a corporate culture.
Reinforcing the issue of culture, Mary Ikoku, editor of Working Moms Magazine, said recruiting staff need the same clues applied in traditional marriage to avoid fraudulent claims. She said organizations should translate their core values into reality and employ the right candidates.
Olugbodi said the appropriateness of the background check should be determined based on what organizations stand to gain or lose. While noting that 70% of organizational losses are still due to sharp employee practices, he urged them to stop hiring on the basis of brilliance and focus on due diligence and background checks.