Times are changing, and the resources required to conduct background searches and investigations have strained businesses worldwide. With a dramatic rise in business liability associated with hiring the wrong individuals and the increase in penalties imposed on companies that extend from C-suites to Boards of Directors, businesses are taking a closer look at the systems, procedures and resources utilised to screen potential job candidates. It is important to know that the BS7858:2012 standard has been replaced with the new BS7858:2019 standard. The British Standards Institutions have released a new edition which has brought the standard up to date and features a number of changes. BS 7858:2019 employee screening offers you the complete solution now.
In trying to balance the effectiveness and accuracy of a background screening investigation with the limited time normally allowed to conduct such a search, the onus falls chiefly on the screening firm, and it’s the ability to acquire timely information. The Global Community has become one collective hiring pool. Thanks to technology, a top candidate for a high-level position in one corner of the world might hail from a remote province on the opposite side of the globe. This poses a significant problem for organisations looking to acquire the best talent:
- How can you be confident your candidate truly has the skills, credentials, knowledge and experience they claim to possess?
- More importantly, how can you be certain of the integrity, background and personal history of that candidate?
The price of a bad hire has far-reaching consequences for any business, including productivity loss, decreased employee morale, risks to employee safety and increased exposure to costly negligent hiring claims and potentially devastating litigation. The premise behind the standard is to safeguard employers from bad or fraudulent hires. Cases of organisations that forego conducting due diligence on a new hire – especially a hire with high-risk exposure – often end badly for those organisations. At CRI Group we know how important is your background screening to your company’s success and to give you an idea of what is new we have produced this playbook detailing the differences between BS7858:2012 standard and the new BS7858:2019 standard.