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Screening of Workers Should Not Be a Witch-hunt Exercise

Screening of Workers Should Not Be a Witch-hunt Exercise

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Published by: Kola Olugbodi on May 03, 2011
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Screening of workers should not bea witch-hunt exercise
MESHACK IDEHEN02/05/2011 01:30:00
Olugbodi
 
The Managing Director of Background Check International, Mr. Kola Olugbodi tellsMESHACK IDEHEN in this interview that while background screening and checksfor employees and business owners are a prerequisite for business success,implementing it should not be a witch hunting exercise, instead, for the overall
interest of the country’s economy.
 
 What are employees screening or checks about, and how are such exercise by 
organisations tied to a company’s growth and development?
 
 Without doubt, it can categorically be said that in this country today, many once profitable
 
companies and business organisations are now dead, or in a state of complete comatose, duemainly to the activities of some workers or employees that managed to find their ways into suchorgani
sations to wreck havoc Until very recently for example, cases of insider’s abuse by some
employees in the financial sector led to accumulation of huge debts by some of the banks, and anear crippling of the economy.In other instances, cases have been recorded, where employees collaborate with criminally minded individuals or groups to rob or vandalise their own organisations. However, it must also be said that these illegal activities of some workers are not peculiar to the banking or financialservice sector alone. Even in the public sector, such cases of abuse of trust, offices and authority have been recorded.On the domestic front, we have seen and heard of house helps, drivers and the likes that have visited havoc and unimaginable terror on their principals. All these are mainly due to the absenceof adequate or professionally conducted background screening. So, what background check does basically is to independently, without bias or prejudices, verify any claim that has been presented by any potential or present employee. The aim is to curtail, or completely eliminate fraud,promote due diligence and rescue organisations from the activities of criminally minded workers, whether they are present or potential ones. Background checks safeguards the economy of thecountry.
Can’t organisations have their own form of internal background checks or
screening systems that will prevent frauds and other related activities that might bring a company down?
Background Check International emerged from a sincere desire to enhance competence incorporate and non-corporate organisations. From our long and professional experience in background screening, the results of internally conducted or executed checks or screening for workers can, and has been seen to be mostly compromised, due to internally vested interest.It is usually on that basis, coupled with the knowledge that some organisations possesses that background screening is a very professional exercise, that sometimes compel them to engage theservices of professional external background screeners. On the other hand, the tendency to witchhunt perceived enemies or workplace opponents could also arise, if internal screening areconducted. Background screening should not be a witch hunting exercise, even if people could bedesperate sometimes. Though the level is gradually reducing, statistics reveals that about 33percent of job applicants falsify credentials, submits fabricated, exaggerated and sometimesmisleading resume, all in to secure a job or a source of livelihood.

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