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Why Employee Background Checks Become Necessary?

Organizations today have finally realized the relation between background screening and corporate reputation

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While background checks are recognized as legal in India, the employee background screening space remains largely unregulated. Employee related frauds such as inflated salary slips, exaggerated designations and misleading academic history can not only cause damage to the organization's brand but also the bottom-line, month-on-month while the employee is still in the system.

Organizations today have finally realized the relation between background screening and corporate reputation. Organizations, both big and small, are realizing the risk to their reputation because of precarious hiring and improper on-boarding processes. It is imperative that companies safeguard themselves by performing regular background checks on all its employees while hiring.

With the growing demand for candidates in the competitive market, below are top three employee screening trends to observe in 2018

Ø  Social Media Tracking
With the onset of a blooming digital age, employers are now turning to social media to view, assess and verify a candidate's ability and skill set. Social media allows a bird's eye view of the entire profile of the candidate that is displayed to the world at large. With this, employers are able to identify matters that require immediate attention. In addition to this, they are also able to identify possible red flags that may surface during their employment with the company. Candidates are more transparent on social media and by this, employers are able to aptly view and check for political affiliations, derogatory comments , violations of substance abuse among other concerns that may pose detrimental to the company.

Ø  Advantage with Analytics
Software analytics and tools enable pertinent data to be collected, assessed and shared with ease. There is guaranteed transparency and precision across the organization due to technological tools that gather and analyze required data. With upcoming trends of Big Data, it would be wise to take a judicious decision in order to implement an analytical software that will help better the productivity of the HR Department and thereby the company at large.

Ø  AADHAR being a game changer
One of the biggest challenges for employee screening in India has been the lack of a common identifier. In the absence of a common unique identifier (example - Social Security Number in the US), doing any search across criminal, education, residential records, etc. needs an intelligent search using a combination of the individual's name, father's name, date of birth, etc. This search would be compromised and diverted in case of common Indian names. The employee screening landscape is embracing a change with the implementation of the UIDAI- AADHAR program. The missing link in the employee screening process is being resolved via the Government's aggressive push for the expansion of AADHAR usage. In the near future, discrete employee information will be easier to source using the AADHAR identifier.

Background screening of prospective employees by companies is fast catching up in India. As more and more companies are hiring, background verification will be implemented by Companies to flush out fraudulent candidates and avoid hiring potential risks.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.


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Rahul Belwalkar

Rahul Belwalkar is the Chief Executive Officer of SecUR Credentials Pvt Ltd. He leads the Company with the strategic vision of making it one of the largest due diligence practices in the Asia Pacific region.

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