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How Background Checks Affect Workplace Culture

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Nearly three quarters of employers run background screens on employment applicants. While it is assumed that employers are looking for criminal records, a Reddit thread about background checks uncovered plenty of other valuable and available information to determine if the applicant is a good fit. Those who fit well, perform better and stick around longer, reducing turnover costs and the risk of low morale.

Employers may be closely reviewing background check information to help improve or maintain a positive workplace culture.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, Hiring and Recruiting

Discourage Fraud in the Workplace with Best Practices

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 31, 2018

Unfortunately, both small-to-medium and enterprise businesses are prone to fraud and the 2018 Global Study on Occupational Fraud and Abuse dives deeper into the reasons why. The study looked at over 2,000 cases of occupational fraud reported over the previous two years, in 125 countries and in 23 industries. The most common fraud scheme was corruption among the executives and employees within an organization. Surprisingly, a few simple practices could minimize the risk of fraudulent activities.

Here are best practices for businesses of all sizes to reduce occupational fraud.

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Employee Relationship Management

In the News: Workplace Harassment and the EEOC

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Aug 17, 2018

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has been quite busy this year including last week's lawsuits against seven employers for allegations of workplace harassment. This week, more lawsuits have been filed, including one against Grand Hyatt for disability discrimination and one against a Georgia restaurant for pregnancy discrimination. Employers are wise to examine these cases closely to ensure compliance with EEOC regulations. 

Let's take a closer look at some of the EEOC lawsuits and how employers should comply.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Employers, You Can Make the Workplace Safer from Sexual Harassment

Posted by Tonya Cauduro on Fri, Jan 19, 2018

Since entering the workforce as a teenager, I've made friends, built lifelong relationships, and in many cases, been the only female in the workplace. Most of the time, I felt respected and treated equally. I've also had my fair share of wage gap disputes, gender bias, and managerial comments that I am certain weren't made to my male colleagues. I can also unfortunately say #MeToo.

Employers, you can do something about sexual harassment. You can create a safer and more dignified workplace with just a few changes.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Human Resources, Employment Background Screening

Why Periodic Background Screening of Current Employees is Important

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Nov 17, 2017

When employers screen an applicant and their criminal record is clean, it doesn't necessarily mean that their record remains that way.  Unfortunately, employers facing claims of negligent hiring due to workplace violence and employee theft know this all too well. Employees face hardships and challenges in their lives that may lead to activities the employer would deem harmful. New hires may also be held to a different standard than employees who were hired years before. 

Is it normal for employers to do periodic background screening of current employees?
Why is it important?

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Employment Background Screening, FCRA Compliance

Ghosting in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 27, 2017

Have you ever hired the perfect employee for a job posting and they never show up for their first day? You, my friend, have been "ghosted".  No, that doesn't mean your workplace is haunted. The term originated in the dating world when a romantic interest suddenly goes silent. It has unfortunately taken on a life of its own, trending in the world of human resources.

Much like spirits in the material world, ghosting has no place in employment. Here's why it happens.

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Topics: Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting

How HR Can Reduce Isolation & Loneliness in the Workplace

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Oct 13, 2017

A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that over 40% of adults in America feel lonely.  As the 19th U.S. Surgeon General who served from 2014 - 17, the author also noted that employees and up to half of CEOs report feeling lonely in their roles, even if they love their jobs.  This "loneliness" epidemic affects not only health, but business as well.

What can human resources professionals to do reduce feelings of isolation in the workplace?

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

How to Spot and Prevent a Workplace Bully

Posted by Ryan Howard on Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Toxic co-workers can infect a workplace, especially if your co-worker becomes abusive, belittling or violent. Perhaps the behavior started with snarky comments or gossip and has slowly escalated to a level of discomfort or avoidance of the person altogether. Even if the behavior is only affecting you or someone you know, it should be reported to the human resources department. Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe and comfortable working environment for employees. 

Employers take note: Here's how to spot and prevent a workplace bully.

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Topics: Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

New Acting Chair, LGBTQ Rights: EEOC in the News

Posted by Ryan Howard on Fri, Feb 03, 2017

The Trump administration is making policy and leadership changes prompting more headlines regarding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. In the spirit of keeping VeriFirst readers informed, through our blog posts and social media (follow us on Twitter for current news), we've consolidated a few headlines that may be of interest for employers.

EEOC in the News

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Topics: Hiring and Recruiting, Human Resources, Employee Relationship Management

Blue Apron: Quick Hiring = Police Reports

Posted by Ryan Howard on Sun, Oct 09, 2016

Some entrepreneurs will tell you that there are no original ideas. In fact, it's a startup company's execution on an idea that determines success. In 2012, when meal kit-delivery company Blue Apron was just getting started, there were similar services already gaining success. With some business acumen and VC backing, startup entrepreneur Matt Salzberg hoped to capitalize on the growing trend. Blue Apron has risen above its competition, now delivering close to 8 million meals each month to customers who wish to eat healthier and cook at home. A recent NPR report notes that rapid success of the company and the growing need for quick hiring has created a chaotic work environment for Blue Apron employees.

Fast hiring decisions can negatively affect your business and cause an unsafe company culture. Here's how. 

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Topics: Employment Background Screening, Employee Relationship Management, Hiring and Recruiting, Human Resources