Time is a big player in the coronavirus pandemic. Epidemiologists rush to track its spread. Governments rush to slow its deadly progression. Pharmaceutical companies rush to find a vaccine.
In response, businesses rush to make decisions. The unpredictability of the virus and its effect on the economy is forcing companies to ditch long-term strategies for reactionary plans. In the screening industry, we are witnessing this play out in two ways:
This current hiring crunch, and the one that will likely follow during an economic recovery, has some companies looking for a quick screening fix. They’re considering lowering their background check standards to fill spots quickly. But you don’t have to sacrifice safe and accurate background checks for speed – nor should you.
Here are five ways to maintain speedy and safe background checks through COVID-19.
Finding viable and cost-effective measures to shorten time-to-hire is a goal for every employer, even more so in a pandemic where time is precious. However, eliminating certain types of background checks to speed up the process leaves your company, customers, and visitors vulnerable. In an environment where every business transaction is meaningful to your survival, cutting corners this way carries too much risk. So, instead of truncating your screening process, consider automating it with these features.
Interested in learning about more time-saving automatic features? Register for this upcoming webinar presented by EBI and Quentelle: Thursday, May 14 at 1 pm EST.
There is no doubt COVID-19 is one of the toughest challenges organizations have ever faced and we admire the innovation, perseverance, and flexibility employers and employees the world over are showing. Background screening will continue to be a critical component of talent acquisition. While you may be tempted to take shortcuts, that could be a costly mistake. These five automated features should provide you a speedy and safe screening experience, while mitigating any undue risk to your organization.
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Writer. Digital marketer. Storyteller. An award-winning writer and editor, Tricia O'Connor is the Marketing Content Manager at EBI. Tricia worked as a broadcast and print journalist for nearly two decades writing and producing programming for high-profile networks like ESPN Radio, History Channel, and Hallmark Channel, as well as contributing editorial work to publications nationwide. Tricia joined the EBI marketing team in 2019 and is responsible for content strategy, development, and engagement. Tricia earned a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and is a proud undergraduate alumna of Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
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