A business needs a team of the right people to achieve success.
So, when the wrong person enters the mix, for whatever reason, it can have significant consequences that cost a lot of time and money and lead to frustration for you, and your workforce.
That’s why, as HR Professionals and Recruiting Specialists, your hiring process is designed to ensure that you’re able to select the ideal candidate and avoid this scenario altogether. However, with all of the turbulence in the recruitment market right now and the shifting trends within the workforce, it’s more important than ever to choose the right person.
What’s happening in the global workforce?
“The Big Quit”, “the Great Reshuffle” or “the Great Resignation” – whatever you want to call it, you can’t deny that there’s growing disruption in today’s workforce right across the world.
In August 2021, Adobe released the results of a survey of 5,500 workers from the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. They found that 56% of Gen Z plans to change jobs in the next year, followed by 49% of Millennials and 31% of Gen X workers. Microsoft conducted a similar study and found that 41% of global employees are considering leaving their current employer this year.
What has potentially caused this?
There are many reasons, but the general consensus is that the last few years of restrictions and remote working have shown a lot of people the true importance of work-life balance and meaningful careers. This has caused individuals to reevaluate their values, and inspired them to determine if their current job is aligned with these.
With turnover rates increasing and people resigning in such large numbers, HR and Recruitment Professionals need to be prepared, not just about protecting the internal culture and a potential loss in staff, but also rehiring for roles, too.
Taking proactive steps to ensure your workforce is secure and that new hires are the right cultural fit is, therefore, more critical than ever.
Unfortunately, a bad hire can cause a lot of disruption to an entire organisation.
Some of the impacts of hiring the wrong candidate include:
- Low productivity levels
- Damage to the brand’s public reputation
- A distinct lack of collaboration
- Toxicity amongst staff
- Time wasted supervising a bad hire
- Recruitment and training costs
As a bad hire can throw off the delicate balance in your workplace dynamics, this only increases the likelihood of employees deciding to resign. To counter this, recruiters and HR Managers should be looking to screen for candidates who display the types of values and beliefs that align with those of the organisation.
One effective way to do this is to use digital footprint checks in the hiring process.
Identifying potential bad hires through digital footprint checks
A digital footprint check is a screening tool, much like an employee reference check or a police check, used as part of a hiring process. With the help of an AI powered research platform, our team of experienced Intelligence Analysts scan the internet for public information about the candidate, using sources such as their social media profiles and other online activities to identify behaviours like racism, misogyny and bigotry.
In today’s online world and remote work trends on the rise, these digital footprint checks provide an additional layer of insight you can use to find the right candidate and minimise the risk (and the cost) of a bad hire. As a flow-on effect, this also helps to foster a healthier workplace culture that engenders a stronger work ethic, commitment, increased morale and ultimately, a more effective and productive workforce.
Adding social media checks can even increase the pool of desirable candidates as you are demonstrating, through action, that your organisation focuses on hiring people who exhibit the cultural fit indicators which align with your values and brand. Both your current staff and applicants will appreciate this.
Learn more about digital footprint checks today
When it comes to recruitment, avoiding bad hires and building a stronger internal culture are your greatest priorities – especially with the volatility of the workforce.
Fortunately, you can rely on digital footprint checks to make the hiring process more reliable, comprehensive and thorough. They enable you to effectively screen potential candidates and choose good fit employees who will both protect your organisation’s brand and culture and drive your success.
To support you and your recruitment process, we’ve prepared a free, downloadable eBook that has been written for forward-thinking HR professionals. It offers the complete guide to digital footprint checks and will answer all your social media check questions.
Get your free copy of The Ultimate Guide to Digital Footprint Checks now.