Integrity means everything to an organization. It is the backbone of every facet of operations and is an absolute necessity from the top executives down to new hires. As an HR administrator, it is of utmost importance that you preserve integrity within your company to keep it internally sound. A significant part of maintaining that integrity is the background screening you conduct on employees, designed to ensure all team members are honest, trustworthy and, ultimately, have the company’s best interests at heart.
While something like education verification might seem insignificant to some, the veracity of educational claims speaks to the underlying reliability of an employee and represents a much bigger picture. At Origin, our comprehensive employment screening platform, OriginONE, integrates educational background screening into a workforce management platform that makes continual monitoring of employee backgrounds simple, straightforward and incredibly efficient. Our goal is to provide you, the HR administrator, the tools necessary to streamline your workload so you can concentrate on other responsibilities.
Lies Occur at Every Level of an Organization
According to CareerBuilder, employees at all levels can lie about their educational backgrounds. In fact, 56 percent of over 2,000 hiring managers interviewed have caught lies on resumes. By confirming schools attended, dates of attendance, area of study and degree awarded with associated dates, educational verification does not delve into highly personal matters or sensitive information but simply confirms the academic information provided by applicants or employees on their resumes. As part of a comprehensive background screen, such information helps you choose employees that you trust with vital operations or information within your organization. Again, the veracity of background claims speaks to a bigger picture.
Damage Isn’t Contained to the Individual Alone
In recent years, there have been numerous examples of either exaggerated or fabricated academic achievements in high-profile positions. When the lies were eventually exposed, they reflected poorly on both the individual and the organization that hired the individual. For instance, in 2012, Yahoo’s new CEO, Scott Thompson, lied to shareholders and the SEC when he claimed to have a computer science degree. When the lie was exposed, it was used as fuel for a proxy battle with shareholders and eventually led to his downfall.
Likewise, in 2005, newly appointed RadioShack CEO David Edmondson was caught fabricating degrees in theology and psychology. When the press uncovered his lies, he resigned from his post and issued a public apology to RadioShack and its customers. Unfortunately, there are numerous other examples, all very similar to Yahoo and RadioShack, where top-level executives were caught lying about their education. Nearly all of them voluntarily left or were forced out of their positions while bringing significant negative attention to the entire organization.
Origin Has Your Solution
Thankfully, OriginONE can be a trusted partner for your company as you continue to instill that ever-important sense of integrity and authenticity throughout your workplace. With Origin’s comprehensive employment screening platform, education verifications and many other background checks are integrated into a single convenient and efficient platform, making the vetting process for all current and potential employees easy, simple and fast. As part of OriginONE’s HR, Occupational Health, & Workforce Management applications, the bulk of your screening and monitoring duties are all organized and available in real-time from one place. At Origin, we understand the daily demands placed on HR and are committed to creating solutions that simplify and streamline