The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted business as we know it. How is the crisis affecting your organisation? Are you experiencing a temporary decline in hiring, or does hiring seem to be non-stop? No matter your industry, the hiring environment has changed with some companies experiencing an increase in onboarding new employees.

Many companies are still hiring during the pandemic, some at a more accelerated pace than others. Regardless of the industry you work in, the likelihood is that your normal hiring processes and background checks would have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workforces are still largely restricted in the way they can work, and many are still in some form of lockdown. This poses a lot of challenges when it comes to recruitment such as:

  1. Navigating the new realm of virtual recruitment.
  2. High demand for recruitment in certain sectors (e.g pharmaceuticals, retail supermarkets, delivery companies, transportation, retail banks, healthcare).
  3. The need to hire employees with a specific skillset (e.g digital marketing, IT teams, customer service).
  4. Accommodating for existing staff working from home.
  5. Considering the long-term and short-term economic impact of hiring during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Companies are faced with the difficult task of hiring quickly and economically whilst managing the day to day risks and challenges. And the situation is changing at an hourly rate. Businesses are having to adapt quickly in order to survive, i.e. cutting steps in their hiring process, and no-one knows how this will play out. However, there are ways you can mitigate the impact, learn how with this FREE ebook. Taken as a whole, this ebook is the perfect primer for any HR professional, business leader and companies looking to avoid employee background screening risks. It provides the tools and knowledge needed to effectively stay ahead of COVID-19. Read more or simply DOWNLOAD now!

Key Impacts of COVID-19

Lockdown drastically reduced the data sources needed to carry out checks for incoming employees, many key workers would have been affected by this. As the lockdown restrictions are being lifted sources are slowly becoming available, but the uncertainty of a second wave could put them under threat again. The economic impact of Covid-19 resulted in many employees being furloughed. This would have also restricted the availability of accessing data sources.

Did you know that 1 in 3 furloughed UK employees was pressured to work? Read more about furlough fraud and how it looks like.

Employsmart™: background checks during COVID-19 and more

As a background screening provider, CRI Group can support you by proactively monitoring the data sources and working with them to understand when and how they can carry out verification requests. By working with a background screening partner, we can tailor your screening needs to the challenging times we’re facing. EmploySmart™ is CRI Group’s robust pre-employment background screening service that helps companies of any size and industry avoid negligent hiring liabilities. We know you have lots of questions, we compiled a FAQ ebook, read now or download your FREE ebook.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s especially important to ensure a safe work environment for all of your employees. EmploySmart™ can be tailored to meet the requirements of each specific position within your company. As a leading worldwide provider of specialised local and international employment background screening, CRI Group’s services are second-to-none in providing risk mitigation and peace of mind in the hiring process.

Learn more about how EmploySmart™ can help your company stay protected during these strange and uncertain times. Contact CRI Group today.

Who is CRI Group?

Based in London, CRI Group works with companies across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific as a one-stop international Risk Management, Employee Background Screening, Business IntelligenceDue Diligence, Compliance Solutions and other professional Investigative Research solutions provider. We have the largest proprietary network of background-screening analysts and investigators across the Middle East and Asia. Our global presence ensures that no matter how international your operations are we have the network needed to provide you with all you need, wherever you happen to be. CRI Group also holds BS 102000:2013 and BS 7858:2012 Certifications, is an HRO certified provider and partner with Oracle.

In 2016, CRI Group launched Anti-Bribery Anti-Corruption (ABAC®) Center of Excellence – an independent certification body established for ISO 37001:2016 Anti-Bribery Management Systems, ISO 19600:2014 Compliance Management Systems and ISO 31000:2018 Risk Management, providing training and certification. ABAC® operates through its global network of certified ethics and compliance professionals, qualified auditors and other certified professionals. As a result, CRI Group’s global team of certified fraud examiners work as a discreet white-labelled supplier to some of the world’s largest organisations. Contact ABAC® for more on ISO Certification and training.[/accordion_son][accordion_son title=”Speak up – report any illegal, unethical, or improper behaviour” clr=”#ffffff” bgclr=”#1e73be”]If you find yourself in an ethical dilemma or suspect inappropriate or illegal conduct, and you feel uncomfortable reporting through normal channels of communication, or wish to raise the issue anonymously, use CRI Group’s Compliance Hotline. The Compliance Hotline is a secure and confidential reporting channel managed by an independent provider. When reporting a concern in good faith, you will be protected by CRI Group’s Non-Retaliation Policy.[/accordion_son][/accordion_father][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row][/vc_section][vc_cta h2=”Subscribe to our monthly newsletter now!”]Sign up for risk management, compliance, corporate and background investigations, business intelligence and due diligence related news, solutions, events and publications.

Share Insights