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Personnel Checks, a specialist criminal records checking company, explain why they can be beneficial to your business and employee safety.

You wouldn’t fail to protect your business from external threats, so why would you ignore internal security?

Obtaining a DBS check can help protect businesses from job candidates who have a criminal background. An employee’s criminal record is professionally searched and certain aspects of their history are highlighted to their employer, allowing them to make safer recruitment decisions, thus avoiding any hidden surprises that may emerge later when it is too late.

A common misconception is that DBS checks are only useful for employers working in the education and care sectors. While they still act as an essential screening process for these industries, a DBS check can be hugely beneficial for all professions. These vigorous security checks are the only way for businesses to be certain that they are hiring exactly the right person for the role.

Businesses should not be afraid of offending candidates when asking to obtain a DBS check, as it should be part of a routine hiring process in the same way that checking employee references is. As DBS checks become more commonplace, many candidates even expect the checks to be a requirement. The level of check you require depends on the type of industry that you work in. For most businesses, a


standard DBS check will suffice, but for industries involving vulnerable people, you will require an enhanced check.

If you’re still not convinced, here are five reasons why employee DBS checks can have a positive impact on your business.

WORKPLACE SAFETY 42% of employers claimed that

background checks helped to increase safety in the workplace, while 16% found that screening reduced employee theft and 11% reported screening reduced workplace violence, according to a study from HireRight. This creates a much safer and calmer atmosphere for existing employees and provides you with the peace of mind that you have made the right recruitment choice.

SAVES YOU MONEY DBS checks don’t have to drain all

of your business’ savings, standard checks cost as little as £45 from online providers. Considering the huge cost that could occur if an unscrupulous employee starts to compromise the security of sensitive data, it’s a very small price to pay.


REPUTATION Customers want to deal with a business that they can trust, and what better way to prove to others that you are serious about

security than by making people aware that your staff are DBS checked? It shows that your staff are reliable and trustworthy, while also highlighting your company’s commitment to the safety of its customers.

TIME SAVING New streamlining processes and

online applications mean that obtaining a DBS check can be much more time efficient than you might have thought. Additionally, a DBS check will assure that you hire the right person the first time, instead of discovering someone’s criminal history when it is too late and you have already wasted valuable time recruiting and training them.

BETTER QUALITY HIRES 67% of organisations that used

background checks in their recruitment process found that the quality of hires had improved as a result of the screening, while 72% of businesses stated that employee background checks had revealed information that would not have been found otherwise, according to a report published by HireRight. Employing the right people has a positive impact on your brand’s reputation, as staff that enjoy their roles will naturally work hard and promote a fantastic customer experience.

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