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Want Commitment? Stop Telling Your Employees They’re Not Part of the Team

Want Commitment? Stop Telling Your Employees They’re Not Part of the Team

by Frank Roche on May 12, 2009

in Culture, Interviewing, Recruiting

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Want to tell your employees they’re not part of the team? Keep doing background checks once they’re hired.

In the past few days I’ve gotten several PR pitches to write about continuous employment background checks. How about this for an answer? No.

I understand that companies need to do background checks. People should have done what they said they did. They should have the education they say they have. They should be upstanding citizens. It ends there. Once they’re on the team, they’re on the team.

Note to HR: You’re not your employees’ parents. If you want to guarantee that you won’t ever have commitment from your employees, keep screening them. Tell them that you don’t trust them. That you have the right to test them and look into their background whenever you want.

I’m the parent of teenage boys. Here’s the best thing I ever said to them: I trust you. I do. They’ve haven’t disappointed me. You might want to consider saying that to your employees. Really, is it that hard?

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