The Importance of Background Verification

Written by Stephen Spain

The Importance of Background Verification By Stephen Spain

Today's society has created an environment that requires business owners to be armed with numerous tools. Many employers currently spend little time verifyingrepparttar accuracy of employment applications andrepparttar 119414 cost of not doing normal due diligence can be staggering. Consider: An HVAC company recently paid $750,000 to a customer who was raped by a service technician. His employment application indicated no criminal convictions andrepparttar 119415 employer did not perform a complete background check. An employee who had previously been convicted of passing bad checks forged signatures contracts. The court judged his employer negligent and awarded $175,000. After driving for a telephone company for only a week, an employee was involved in a traffic accident. The jury learned thatrepparttar 119416 company never sawrepparttar 119417 employee's driver's record which had five tickets within 18 months. They awardedrepparttar 119418 injured party $550,000. Companies often don't adequately screen their new applicants. They should. Crooks and cons can cost your company a fortune. Even if it were as simple as making an informed choice between a great service technician and one with an untrue work history, wouldn't a small investment be worth it. In today's business environment of easy access to computer systems andrepparttar 119419 proprietary information stored on them, even a temporary employee can wreak havoc on a company in a very short amount of time.

Character -- Why It Matters In Leaders

Written by Guy Harris

"Character is much easier kept than recovered.” - Thomas Paine

“The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

- Abigail van Buren

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece…by thought, choice, courage, and determination.”

- John Luther Long


Here is a simple tip for aspiring leaders – It is far better to have character than to be one.

I once heard Bob McEwen (former Congressman from Ohio) define character asrepparttar combination of morality and integrity. According to his definition, morality is not doingrepparttar 119413 wrong thing while integrity is havingrepparttar 119414 strength to dorepparttar 119415 right thing.

Based on this definition, character is not something you just have. You must work to build character every day. It is something that develops over time, but is destroyed in a moment.

Why, as a leader, is character a big deal?

Without even consideringrepparttar 119416 moral and legal implications of character lapses, just look atrepparttar 119417 impact on your organization. As John Maxwell says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” By this standard, your personal character will becomerepparttar 119418 character of your organization. Consider these facts:

- 58% of workers surveyed indicated that employee fraud would decrease if managers (company leaders) were better role models (Oct 2002, Ernst & Young, “The CPA Letter”)

- 80% of people surveyed indicated that they decide to buy a firm’s goods or services partly on their perception of its ethics (2003, Wirthlin Worldwide)

- Unethical behavior leads to more sabotaging behavior inrepparttar 119419 workplace, such as:

o Under delivering on commitments

o Over promising to win a customer or gain support for a project

o Wasting time and energy guarding turf

o Lowering goals to avoid failure rather than striving for excellence

o Paddingrepparttar 119420 budget to look better

o Fudging results to stay competitive

o Hiding facts

o Skipping over details

o Withholding praise from others

o Hogging credit

o Shifting or buffering blame

o Looking for scapegoats

(Case Western Reserve University, Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science)

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