In the past ten to fifteen years, many business owners and corporations have opted to institute pre-employment polygraph testing as a proactive measure against the employment of people who could, in any way, cause harm to the business through dishonesty.
Waiting until the damage is done, and then having to take a long, circuitous route through written warnings, verbal warnings and disputes carried out through labour representatives, is a lot more costly than clearing a potential employee to as great an extent as one can, before they’re employed.
Looking at pre-employment polygraph tests head-on, one can see that the prevention of crime in a business is far cheaper than the potential losses that can be incurred after the fact through theft or fraud.
Commercial crime statistics are massive, costing business millions every year, causing businesses to bleed in some ways that could well have been prevented with the early intervention of pre-employment screening, especially for those who will be employed in sensitive positions.
Why the rise in pre-employment polygraph testing
With the growth in access to technology for everyone, applicants are easily able to manipulate CV’s and references, especially when working in partnership with crime syndicates.
The employer will find that the references referred to seem to be in order, however, who is on the other end of the line is another matter. It’s seldom anyone other than another criminal in cahoots with the one applying for a job.
Pre-employment polygraph testing instead of gut feelings
We all have gut feelings about someone we meet for the first time, and it’s no different when it comes to interviewing a potential employee. The sad fact is that our gut is sometimes wrong, and, if you’re employing someone in your accounts department, for example, it could be a very costly mistake if your gut turns out to be wrong for once.
Not all applicants dismissed for dishonesty have a mark on their record
Unfortunately, many companies involved in higher risk industries prefer simply to get rid of employees who are guilty of dishonesty, rather than to go any further than disciplinary action, and to prosecute them.
This means that the dismissed employee has no black mark against their name, and, they have a basic reference, which, while not a glowing one, doesn’t warn the next employer about the reasons for dismissal.
Industries that need vigorous pre-employment checks
There are certain industries that simply can’t afford to take a chance on hiring an employee planning to defraud or steal from the company.
In areas such as pharmaceutical manufacturing, banking, retail, insurance, security and transport, it’s essential to have as in-depth a background check on applicants as possible, and instituting pre-employment polygraph testing definitely goes a long way in protecting an employer from the outset.
Pre-employment polygraph testing can also help to root out applicants who have been guilty of sexual harassment, drug or alcohol abuse, fraud or theft, and misappropriation of company property.
If you want to protect your business by instituting pre-employment polygraph testing, contact King Investigators in Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Speak to owner Jacques Botha about what he and his team of highly trained, experienced private investigators can do, to protect your business interests, before you employ someone who could damage your business.