We’ve talked a lot about the need for change in human resources. Relatively new technologies like mobile and social recruiting demand a need for new strategies. But there are some aspects of HR that haven’t changed. I’m not sure that’s a good thing.
I was really surprised by some of the data in this talent acquisition infographic from our friends at HireRight. For instance, back in 2008, over 60 percent of companies uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a resume. Today that number is over 80 percent. First, I’m surprised that the numbers are so high. And second, I’m surprised at the 20-point jump.
I was also surprised at the number of companies that background screen contingent workers (86 percent). But that was a good surprise. Organizations need to include contingent workers in their talent acquisition strategy. Many of these workers aren’t performing “one and done” types of projects. They are an extension of workforce. So, it only makes sense to conduct screening.
Unfortunately, there are some areas that really are due for some change. For example, marijuana policies. With all of the new legislation surfacing, organizations need to stay on top of the law and how it impacts their workplace. Even if you don’t change the policy, a formal review is probably worth the time.
Another area that I was surprised hadn’t changed was global screening. I believe the internet has made business very borderless, which means organizations can cast a wide net when it comes to looking for talent. As organizations continue to be challenged finding qualified candidates, global recruiting will become a larger piece of a company’s recruiting strategy. Having a screening process in place will be important.
According to this data, over 60 percent of employers say that recruiting and retention are top challenges for business. As a result, the talent acquisition function is probably under the microscope. That’s going to precipitate change.
So, get ready. It’s only a matter of time.1