By Kristen Wakulchuk

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The Covid-19 pandemic, like the virus itself, continues to run its course. While the entire world has been impacted, it has hit some communities and companies harder than others. Regardless of the size, location, or nature of your business, there’s a good chance that some, if not all, your employees have been working remotely during this crisis.  

With reopening schedules fluid and uncertain, you may be planning to hire more remote workers to meet seasonal and other business needs at this time. If so, be sure not to short change your company’s safety or security as you bring new people on board. You can’t spend time with them in person, so invest in a thorough screening process. From every crisis come lessons and positives, so let this be one of them. Reinforce this commitment and make it a top priority, regardless of the circumstances. 

Never Compromise on Caution

Thorough background checks can still be done during this time of global business closure. It has never been more critical to verify that job candidates are who they say they are, have the proper credentials, and can be trusted with your company assets and data. 

  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has reported that 75 percent of all employees steal from their companies on at least one occasion. An equally shocking truth check is that one-third of all business failures are the direct result of employee theft. 
  • Employee dishonesty costs American businesses $50 billion annually. This can result from the theft of tangible items, such as money, merchandise or supplies, or priceless intangibles like time or information. The FBI has noted that employee theft is the fastest growing crime in the nation. 
  • The most common types of employee theft include larceny and embezzlement, skimming from company coffers, fraudulent financial disbursements, and stealing business opportunities.  
  • Data theft is a significant and growing problem. This encompasses stealing cloud platforms, software, chat apps, email, games, operating systems, social media networks, deleted files and other online activity. 
  • From entry through senior-level hires, stay vigilant about background screening throughout your organization. Studies have shown that managers account for 55 percent of all employee theft, and half of all candidates lie or embellish information on their resumes.

Partner With the Experts!

To ensure complete confidence in every hire – remote or on-site, during or after this pandemic passes – consider partnering with Chane Solutions.  Read more about our customizable solutions or connect with one of our experts by email or phone today. 

 

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