August 14th, 2020 | Sterling

Why Is Background Screening Important, Especially Today

Why is background screening important for a remote workforce?

As the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) forces a move towards flexible working for many companies across a range of industries, it can be more difficult to keep up with your employees. Situations where you would have normally engaged with your employees in both casual and formal settings like meetings, daily catch-ups or casual chats in the hallway or kitchen, are now minimised. In turn, your opportunities to keep up with any changes in their performance and their circumstances are also reduced.

One way to rectify this situation and maintain the many benefits that come with flexible working is to implement a background screening and regular rescreening process for your employees. We believe this process is vital for the current climate and future likelihood of remote working as a permanent fixture in our lives.

Here are our top three reasons why a background screening and regular rescreening process will be beneficial:

  • You’ll save time and money in the long-term – your people are your ultimate resource, but so is the risk they pose to your company’s brand and reputation. Ensure you’re aware of all potential issues so that you can plan ahead and devise solutions.While the majority of your staff is working remotely, this can be difficult to do in the usual manner. Background screening and rescreening online with Sterling is a quick and efficient way to maintain this confidence in your workforce.
  • Screening is vital for protecting your company and your brand – employees have access to sensitive information and are the representatives of your brand and company to the general public. Make sure you are aware of any potential issues with your employees to protect your company from negative behaviour.Work lives are being brought to the living rooms and home offices of your staff. Ensure that you are doing everything you can to protect the sensitive and confidential information of your company by implementing a background screening and rescreening process to build trust and confidence.
  • Screening is vital in ensuring that your entire workforce feels safe in the workplace – employees often work in close proximity to each other and are in regular communication. Negative behaviours can quickly affect others in your workforce. Relying on self-reporting by other employees may leave major workplace issues to the last minute and expose your entire workforce to risk.Make sure you are conducting background screening and regularly rescreening to guarantee that your workforce is safe and negative behaviours are minimised from the outset and in an ongoing manner.

The current climate of increased remote working is a situation with many pros and cons. But one thing’s for sure – it’s here to stay in one form or another.

Make sure you stay proactive and take all the steps you can to mitigate risk and keep your workforce and your reputation safe. One of the first steps is to implement an effective background screening and rescreening process – entirely online and customisable to your needs. This will ensure the move to remote working is safe and will leave you with confidence in your workforce.

Sterling is the proven expert in the field of background screening and rescreening, and we want to work with you to find a solution tailored to your needs. Contact us on to have a chat.

This publication is for informational purposes only and nothing contained in it should be construed as legal advice. We expressly disclaim any warranty or responsibility for damages arising out this information. We encourage you to consult with legal counsel regarding your specific needs. We do not undertake any duty to update previously posted materials.