So you obtained a background check on every employee prior to extending an offer of employment, and the results came back clean. Now you can relax. Right?
The simple answer is “no,” because quite frankly, things change. The finance manager that you hired five years ago may have an open criminal case for shoplifting. The sweet employee who provides seemingly top-notch service to the young children in your daycare center or the mild-mannered nursing home worker may have recently been charged with physically assaulting a family member or neighbor. The assistant that you want to have run errands using a company car could have a checkered driving history.
While these examples may seem far-fetched, they really aren’t.
Employers have a duty to provide a safe environment to their customers and employees, and a “one-and-done” background check could put your company at risk. This is why you should consider ordering periodic background checks on existing employees.
There are a couple of important actions that you should take:
The bottom line is that safety should be one of the most important considerations of any organization. A safe environment not only promotes a healthy workplace culture, but it moves your organization toward achieving its goals.