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为什么在 COVID-19 之后背景调查会更重要?

6 月,美国经济 增加了 480 万个工作岗位——不仅超过了预期的 290 万个工作岗位增长数字,而且创下了美国历史上最大的单月就业增长记录。

经济仍远未恢复:就业增加使美国失业率降至 11.1%,仍高于大衰退时期 10.6% 的失业率峰值 。尽管如此,数百万失去的工作岗位的回归仍然是数月来经济出现的第一个光明迹象之一——这也表明许多企业现在可能是开始重新招聘休假员工或解冻招聘工作的时候了。

如果您的组织能够重新开始招聘,那么需要记住一件至关重要的事情:背景调查现在比大流行之前更重要。

在任何情况下,就业前背景调查都是雇主必不可少的尽职调查步骤。进行详细的背景调查是 发现可能表明对客户、其他员工或公众构成威胁的犯罪历史的最佳方式 。背景调查也是最好的方式 来发现简历谎言,听到字符或职业道德的缺陷 ,从文献和专角色的具体问题,可能使员工的负债(如 危险驾驶记录 的申请成为出租车的候选司机)。

出于多种原因,COVID-19 强调了背景调查的重要性。首先,虽然居家令已经取消,并且大多数企业已获准重新开放面对面的业务,但大流行已使许多组织的远程工作正常化。 一些专家担心 ,这种在家工作的模式——以及它对公司网络、敏感文件和财务信息的远程访问——可能会使企业更容易受到网络犯罪的影响。

虽然其中一些攻击可能反映了黑客活动和其他外部威胁,但另一个值得关注的问题是内部欺诈和挪用公款的增加。

COVID-19 产生了重大的财务影响。虽然美国的联邦影响支付和失业救济的增加有助于减轻对家庭的经济打击,但在对居住在 G7 国家的成年人进行的一项调查中,31% 的人表示冠状病毒影响了他们的家庭收入,而另外 39% 的人表示COVID-19 尚未影响家庭收入,但他们预计未来会产生影响。这一因素,再加上仍然居高不下的失业率,可能会在求职者和员工中造成一种绝望感,从而导致欺诈、贪污和其他犯罪行为。

经济衰退往往会引发欺诈高峰,尤其是内部欺诈。您的组织针对与冠状病毒相关的内部欺诈高峰的第一个防御措施是背景调查过程,因此请明智地使用它。在 GOOHO.CN,我们可以帮助您设计一个足够彻底的背景调查,以发现可能预示着未来出现问题的危险信号。 今天就联系我们开始吧。

gained 4.8 million jobs—not only blowing past the predicted job gain figure of 2.9 million but also setting a record for the largest single-month job increase in American history.

The economy is still far from recovered: the job gain took the U.S. unemployment rate down to 11.1 percent, which is still higher than the Great Recession unemployment peak of 10.6 percent. Still, the return of millions of lost jobs is one of the first bright signs in months for the economy—and an indication to many businesses that now might be the time to start hiring back furloughed staff or unfreezing recruitment efforts.

If your organization is in a position to begin hiring again, there is one crucial thing to remember: background checks matter even more now than they did before the pandemic.

In any situation, pre-employment background screenings are an essential due diligence step for employers. Conducting detailed background checks is the best way to spot criminal history that might indicate a threat to customers, other employees, or the public. Background checks are also the best way to spot resume lies, hear about character or work ethic flaws from references, and spot role-specific issues that might make an employee a liability (such as a dangerous driving record for a candidate applying to be a taxi driver).

COVID-19 has underlined the crucial nature of background checks for several reasons. First, while stay-at-home orders have lifted and most businesses have been permitted to reopen in-person operations, the pandemic has normalized working remotely for many organizations. Some experts fear that this work-from-home model—and its remote access to company networks, sensitive documents, and financial information—could render businesses more vulnerable to cybercrime.

While some of these attacks could reflect hacker activity and other external threats, another source of significant concern is the rise of internal fraud and embezzlement.

COVID-19 has had a significant financial impact. While federal impact payments and an increase in unemployment relief in the United States have helped ease the financial blow to households, in a survey of adults living in G7 countries, 31 percent said that the coronavirus had impacted their household income, while another 39 percent said COVID-19 hadn’t impacted household income yet but that they expected it to have an impact in the future. This factor, combined with still-high unemployment rates, could create a sense of desperation among job seekers and employees that leads to fraud, embezzlement, and other crimes.

Recessions tend to trigger spikes in fraud, particularly internal fraud. Your organization’s first defense against a coronavirus-related spike in internal fraud is the background check process, so use it wisely. At backgroundchecks.com, we can help you design a background check thorough enough to spot red flags that might signal trouble ahead. Contact us today to get started.

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