Results of NAPBS Background Check Survey of HR Pros
23 Mar 2018
The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS) recently commissioned HR.com to conduct a national survey of more than 1,500 human resource professionals to get their thoughts on background screenings. The NAPBS wanted to know if HR pros are using background checks in their hiring practices, and if so, when and why. The results are in, and they couldn’t be more clear.
Background Checks Are Nearly Universal
Nearly all of the employers surveyed — 96 percent — said their organization conducts one or more types of employment background checks for job candidates.
Background Checks Are Used by Companies of All Shapes and Sizes, Primarily after an Interview or Job Offer
Companies large and small conduct background checks, with 52 percent of the survey respondents coming from companies with 99 employees or fewer and 24 percent coming from companies with 24 employees or fewer. Most conduct the screenings after a job interview or conditional job offer.
Safety Is the Number One Reason
Workplace security and safety is all over the news these days. So it’s not surprising that, at a time when workplace shootings and other forms of violence are becoming more prevalent, employers cited safety as the top reason they conduct background checks. A full 89 percent stated they conduct background checks to protect employees, customers, and others in the workplace. Other reasons cited? To improve the quality of new hires (53 percent), protect company reputation (45 percent), and follow laws/regulations (44 percent).
What Are They Checking For?
The vast majority of respondents (97 percent) include a criminal history check in their screenings, which correlates with the top reason most companies are conducting screenings — safety.
The Top Challenge? The Length of Time Background Checks Take
Nearly all HR pros surveyed (98 percent) recognize the need for accuracy in background checks, but at the same time, 62 percent cite the length of time it takes to get the results of the screens as the most significant challenge their organization faces. State and local laws, which seem to be ever changing, contribute to the delays.
The results are clear. Background checks allow hiring professionals to make informed decisions about their job candidates, ensure safety in their workplaces, retain their employees, and mitigate risk.
At Trusted Employees, we know the importance of all types of background screening, from employment verification to criminal history to credential verification and more. The next time you’re hiring, we’re here to help.